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UK pubs group JD Wetherspoon drops social media in protest

From Reuters - April 16, 2018

(Reuters) - British pubs group JD Wetherspoon closed all its social media accounts on Monday, saying it was taking a stand against an industry accused of misusing personal data and allowing bullying to run rife.

Despite a global furor over the harvesting of personal information from Facebook accounts, few companies have cut themselves off from an industry that many view as vital toreaching customers.

Wetherspoon, whose chairman and founder Tim Martin is also a vocal champion of Britain leaving the European Union, said it was closing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for its head office and almost 900 pubs in Britain and Ireland.

Its becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,and struggle to control the compulsion, Martin said in a statement .

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