First, they ditched the music. Now, the Wetherspoon pub chain has decided to leave the world of social media, closing its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts in a move that has – of course – gone viral online. The firm’s boss, Tim Martin, says the decision was made in response to reports about the use of social media to troll MPs and others. He also suggests that closing the accounts will not affect his business “whatsoever” – although one wonders how the decision will change the business for those staff who are presumably employed to run them. There is an obvious irony in Martin worrying about people haranguing public figures when he himself takes every opportunity to have a pop at anyone who opposes Brexit. Martin, one of the few high-profile business figures to back Britain’s EU withdrawal, even used a Wetherspoon trading update to accuse other business leaders and the media of spreading “misinformation” about the … [Read more...] about Is anyone surprised that Tim Martin forced Wetherspoons to get rid of all its social media accounts?
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PUBLISHED: 12:16 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 16 April 2018 JD Wetherspoon is closing down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all its 900 pubs and head office with immediate effect following the trolling of MPs and others. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced it is closing down all of its social media accounts for its 900 pubs and head office due to concerns about online trolling and the misuse of personal data. The move comes after a recent scandal with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica which saw personal data harvested and an increasing awareness of abuse received by public figures on platforms. Here we answer some of the questions that arise from the decision. Why has JD Wetherspoon deleted its social media accounts? Official of the new Wetherspoon pub 'The William Adams' on Gorleston High Street. Picture: Nick Butcher Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin has given several reasons including the abuse dished out to public figures such as … [Read more...] about Is the end nigh for social media after pub group JD Wetherspoon deletes its accounts over trolling fears?
A series of new photos showing well-polished fashion bloggers riding Chinese-brand shared bicycles on the streets of Italy during Milan Fashion Week were circulated widely on foreign social media recently. The yellow ofo-brand bicycles appeared to be a perfect match for the city's fashionable atmosphere. Through ofo's cooperation with high-profile fashion bloggers, their strategy paid off. Lü Yiheng with the global branding department at ofo told the Global Times that they conducted background checks on the fashion bloggers beforehand to make sure that they had not previously said anything inappropriate about China. Since 2017, ofo has tapped into 20 foreign countries to successfully attract a large number of young followers. To engage foreign millennials, ofo relies heavily on social media platforms. © AFP 2018 / China May Have Sole Space Station After 2024 – ExpertOfo is not the only … [Read more...] about Chinese Companies Launch Big Branding Campaign on Overseas Social Media
Social media companies have been warned they must no longer be “passive hosts” in the fight to tackle surging levels of violence.Ministers told firms that the status quo “cannot continue” as they unveiled a blueprint for making Britain’s streets safe following a spate of killings.Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on platforms to review their terms and conditions and make it clear they will not host content linked to gang violence.She said: “Some might say this is impossible. But when I called on social media companies to deal with terrorist content, they listened and took action.“I’m asking them to do so again because it’s the right thing to do.”A Home Office report laying out the new strategy says social media has a “substantial role” in facilitating gang activity.Threats of violence, gang recruitment and drug dealing are glamorised in the “seemingly secluded” space, according to the paper.It says work … [Read more...] about Social media firms warned to act amid links to rising gang violence
News / UK by Press Association 09/04/2018, 12:02 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Social media companies have been warned they must no longer be “passive hosts” in the fight to tackle surging levels of violence. Ministers told platforms that the status quo “cannot continue” as they unveiled a blueprint for making Britain’s streets safe following a spate of killings. But the 114-page report does not include analysis of any impact from the reduction in police officer numbers. The omission risks further intensifying the mounting political row over forces’ staffing levels. A Home Office report laying out the new strategy says social media has a “substantial role” in facilitating gang activity. Threats of violence, gang recruitment and drug dealing are glamorised in the “seemingly secluded” space, according to the paper. It says work with social media firms is … [Read more...] about Social media giants ‘cannot be passive hosts’ amid rising violence levels