JD Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts following 'trolling' of MPs

Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook

Wetherspoon has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 followers on Facebook

Booze giants J.D. Wetherspoon have chose to shut down down their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all 904 of their pubs and their head office.

This morning (16 April), JDW made what could be its final posts on its main Twitter and Facebook accounts to tell customers it would no longer be using social media to communicate with them. He, and the company's pub managers, do not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever", he said.

The boss of the British discount pub chain said that it was "going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business".

Wetherspoon boasted more than 44,000 Twitter followers and about 100,000 followers on Facebook.

"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", Mr Martin added. We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.

No reason was given for the move in the statement on Twitter, but the company did offer more details to various media outlets citing concerns over the recent data leaking via Facebook, and the "trolling of MPs" as root causes for the closures. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more.

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