Wetherspoon quits social media and denies it will harm business

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Outspoken founder and chairman, Tim Martin, claimed the move wouldn't harm his business at all.

Pubs group J D Wetherspoon PLC (LON:JDW) has closed down the largely moribund social media accounts of all of its pubs. "I don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever".

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.

It also hit out at the "addictive" nature of social media.

In any case, the online landscape is unlikely to feel particularly bereft by the absence of Wetherspoon's social media presence, says the Independent.

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The move also takes account of recent concerns regarding the misuse of personal data, the statement said.

This morning (16 April), JDW made what could be its final posts on its main Twitter and Facebook accounts to tell customers it would no longer be using social media to communicate with them.

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"It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion", he said, acknowledging that the company was going against "conventional wisdom".

At the time of ditching its social media accounts, the pub chain had more than 100,000 Facebook followers and 6,000 on Instagram.