JD Wetherspoon is closing all its social media accounts.
JD Wetherspoon-a chain with 900 pubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland- announced it's closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its pubs and head office with "immediate effect".
Social media platforms have come under mounting criticism following news that millions of users' personal information was gathered from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.
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. "I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever".
Spoons will still be maintaining its web site and updating its app, while it also came up with the novel idea of suggesting its customers actually talk to the manager of their local Wetherspoon if they have any feedback.
JDW has more than 44,000 followers on Twitter, as well as 102,902 Facebook "likes" and 98,160 Facebook followers, all of who will have to find out about their favourite Wetherspoon pubs through their websites and the pubco's magazine. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more.
A statement from the company highlighted recent "bad publicity" surrounding social media, including the "trolling of MPs and others, especially those from religious or ethnic minorities". While there was no specific case which angered the Wetherspoon boss, he said he became increasingly concerned after reading reports of MPs being targeted for online abuse.