large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Wetherspoons bars itself from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Spoons has had it up to *here* with those troublesome social media firms, and barred itself from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The widely-loved but also widely-hated pub chain has had its fill of likes and pages and trolls and whatnot, and got rid of its social media accounts.

“In a world of social media, J D Wetherspoon has decided to close down all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts for individual pubs and head office,” its now-defunct main Twitter account told followers − the social media-obsessed mugs − this morning.

Related: How to delete your Facebook account

According to Tim Martin, the chairman of J D Wetherspoon, there were several reasons behind the move.

He told the BBC that the company felt that social media was distracting pub managers from actually serving customers, and that social media platforms might not be as vital to modern business as they previously thought.

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion,” Martin added, tapping into the anti-Facebook movement.

“I find most people I know waste their time on it. A lot of them say they know they waste their time on it, but they struggle to get off it.”

For your fix of Spoons-related news, you can subscribe to its magazine… or download the Wetherspoon app, which will still keep you glued to your phone, just not Facebook.

Should more companies follow J D Wetherspoon’s lead? Share your thoughts on Twitter (if you still have an account) @TrustedReviews.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.