Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Wetherspoon to close down social media accounts after trolling of MPs

Wetherspoon to close down social media accounts after trolling of MPs

The company has nearly 900 pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, many of which have individual social media accounts associated with them.

JD Wetherspoon will be closing down all its social media accounts for its 900 pubs and head office following the trolling of MPs and others.

The decision follows the recent #DeleteFacebook movement which saw companies like Tesla Inc. and Playboy Enterprises Inc.

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

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JD Wetherspoon chairman and founder Tim Martin said the company was going "against conventional wisdom" that a social media presence is important to a business's success and noted that not having Facebook or Twitter accounts will have no effect on the pub firms businesses.

Martin said he did not believe that closing those accounts would affect its business whatsoever "and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers". The company had about 103,000 Facebook followers on Monday, before the page became unavailable.

All their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts will be shut down.

'We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.

Instead, he directed interested customers to the chain's printed magazine, Wetherspoons News.

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

Wetherspoon's, which has just short of 900 pubs across Ireland and the United Kingdom, the majority of which have individual social media accounts, has more than 44,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 followers on Facebook, but Martin seemed undeterred by potential limitations to the company's reach as a result of the social media blackout.

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