JD Wetherspoon pubs come off social media

A Wetherspoons freehouse at Trinity Square in London England

A Wetherspoons freehouse at Trinity Square in London

The widely-loved but also widely-hated pub chain has had its fill of likes and pages and trolls and whatnot, and got rid of its social media accounts.

In the era of brands competing for attention and affection on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, one British company has done the unthinkable-it's quitting social media completely.

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

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

According to Tim Martin, the chairman of J D Wetherspoon, there were several reasons behind the move.

The company advised customers to check in at their local pub or on the official Wetherspoon website and printed Wetherspoon News magazine for updated news and queries on forthcoming events. He said that he does not believe that closing the accounts will have any affect on the business "whatsoever".

Martin took the decision following recent publicity over the use of social media to criticise MPs and others, especially those from religious or ethnic minorities.

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", Martin added, tapping into the anti-Facebook movement.

"We were also concerned that pub managers were being side-tracked from the real job of serving customers", he said.

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