JD Wetherspoon calls last orders on social media

JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others the company has announced

The social media blackout will affect the company's head office as well as the more than 900 Wetherspoons pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

High street pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is shuttering all of its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Wetherspoon, whose chairman and founder Tim Martin is also a vocal champion of Britain leaving the European Union, said it was closing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for its head office and nearly 900 pubs in Britain and Ireland.

The move also takes account of recent concerns regarding the misuse of personal data, the statement said.

They don't believe killing off their social media accounts will harm business.

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So it was with a heavy heart that the outspoken founder Tim Martin told his legions of fans this morning that the chain is shutting its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all 900 pubs - as well as its head office - with immediate effect. The chairman today said his company "will still be as vocal as ever" through its Wetherspoon News magazine.

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".

The group said the move, which will jettison 44,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 Facebook subscribers, would not affect sales and is supported by its pub managers. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more.

Martin said he had become increasingly concerned about the use of social media to criticise MPs and other public figures, especially those from religious or ethnic minorities.

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