JD Wetherspoon is closing its social media accounts with immediate effect, citing concerns over bad publicity for platforms such as Facebook and the trolling of MPs and those from religious or ethnic minorities.

J D WetherspoonWetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin, said: “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business. I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion.

“We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times. We will also be maintaining our website and the Wetherspoon app, and encourage customers to get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub.”

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