JD Wetherspoon calls last orders on social media

Lloyd Doyle
April 16, 2018

It was announced on Monday that the popular pub chain will be removing its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts following recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media.

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.

As any 'Spoons aficionado will testify, the main reason to patronise this most functional of drinking houses is for its awesome social media presence.

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.

"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".

Martin's vocal support for Vote Leave during the European Union referendum led to Twitter campaigns calling for a boycott of the chain, while Facebook pages for Wetherspoon's pubs have proven "a magnet for bad reviews".

He doesn't seem to be the biggest fan of social media either: "It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion".

'I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more.

With additional reporting from Press Association.

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