Wetherspoon closes all its social media over trolling

Marco Green
April 17, 2018

The company runs 900 pubs and bars and will stop publishing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from all of them.

The operator of about 900 pubs across the United Kingdom and Ireland shut down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts on Monday, citing recent online "trolling" of United Kingdom lawmakers and minorities, as well as concerns around misuse of personal data.

The company said no jobs will be affected by the decision.

"Rather than using social media, we will continue to release news stories and information about forthcoming events on our website (jdwetherspoon.com) and in our printed magazine - Wetherspoon News".

The decision to pull the plug on social media was apparently mulled over for some time before making a move.

"Thank you for being a loyal Wetherspoon customer - we hope to see you in your local pub soon".

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.

"I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers", he said, according to Sky News.

Mr Martin told the BBC: "We were also concerned that pub managers were being side-tracked from the real job of serving customers". He doesn't believe nixing an online presence will affect business at all.

Pub chain Wetherspoons has shut down all of its social media accounts in a shock announcement made this morning (Mon).

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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