JD Wetherspoon has announced that it will be closing all of its social media accounts with immediate effect.
In a post on Twitter, the pub company said: “In a world of social media, JD Wetherspoon has decided to close down all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts for individual pubs and head office.”
Tim Martin, the chairman of the company, said this was down to concerns about the “trolling” of MPs, and those from religious or ethnic minority groups. He also expressed concern about the misuse of personal data and “the addictive nature of social media”.
No particular case was referred to.
Martin said: “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business. I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.
“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion. We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.”
He added: “We will also be maintaining our website and the Wetherspoon app and encourage customers to get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub.”
Wetherspoon had 44,000 followers on Twitter and over 100,000 on Facebook.