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Popular budget pub chain JD Wetherspoon attracted wide media attention this week following its announcement that it had severed all of its social media with immediate effect.

The reasons cited by chairman Tim Martin included recent “bad publicity” surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal and incidents of personal abuse levelled towards members of Parliament.

The move applies to the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of the company’s head office together with its entire pub chain of some 900 outlets.