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Media captionJD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin says his chain of pubs will no longer be on social media

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has employed Twitter to tell its 44,000 adherents that it is discontinuing social media.

The firm’s head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, and likewise Instagram and Facebook, with immediate effect, it told.

The pub chain connected the move to bad advertisement encircling social media including the “trolling” of MPs.

Chairman Tim Martin told the BBC that society would be better off if parties cut the amount of social media use.

The firm said its decision had also were affected by concerns regarding the “misuse of personal data” and “the addictive sort of social media”.