This week JD Wetherspoons, the huge pub chain announced it was closing down its social media accounts with immediate effect. This week JD Wetherspoons, the huge pub chain announced it was closing down its social media accounts with immediate effect. Depending on which report you read, reasons vary from unfair criticism of the chain, a social statement that people are spending too much time on social media or finally that it just didn’t work for them. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a reinstatement some time soon, but if they were expecting a public outcry that people couldn’t live without their tweets, memes or staff selfies, they may be waiting some time.Looking at Wetherspoons empire and size, they had surprisingly low follower numbers and an even smaller engagement rate with their fans. Despite a huge PR machine and marketing department they only managed 44,000 Twitter followers. When you consider they have over 37,000 staff, its not going to be a real loss to … [Read more...] about Lee Kenny: JD Wetherspoons goes cold turkey over social media
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Technology By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 10 February 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42705881 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred … [Read more...] about Is social media making your child sad?
The Health Secretary has accused social media networks of "turning a blind eye to a generation of young people" by failing to protect them when using their platforms online. Jeremy Hunt says he is "disappointed" by the lack of progress made in areas such as age verification, screen time limits and cyber bullying.He met with the bosses of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in November, but in a strongly-worded letter he told the companies not enough progress has been made."I fear that you are collectively turning a blind eye to a whole generation of children being exposed to the harmful emotional side effects of social media prematurely," he said."This is both morally wrong and deeply unfair on parents, who are faced with the invidious choice of allowing children to use platforms they are too young to access, or excluding them from social interaction that often the majority of their peers are engaging in."It is unacceptable and irresponsible for you to put parents … [Read more...] about Social media firms must protect children
TIM MARTIN, national treasure and chief of mighty pub chain JD Wetherspoon, has withdrawn his company from all social media. Martin is unlikely to be the last businessman to decide that total and unthinking immersion in the internet is bad for your bottom line. For years it has been accepted as the gospel truth that every business must be connected to everyone at all times. But what is the point in being connected to simpletons who waste your time? What is so great about being connected to empty-headed thickos? What exactly do you get out of it? Tim Martin found that Wetherspoon staff were spending their working hours dealing with online complaints that were so trivial they beggared belief. “I think they need to lower their mirrors in the toilets,” tweeted one mildly disgruntled customer. “I’m 5ft 2in and can’t do my make-up.” “Have just realised you’ve taken the haggis bites off the menu???” posted another Wetherspoon user. … [Read more...] about Wetherspoon’s boss shows it’s closing time for the morons of social media
Ministers are considering laws to punish social media firms that allow flagrant breaches of age limits as they accuse companies such as Facebook of “turning a blind eye to a generation of children being exposed to harm”. The chief medical officer is to review the impact of technology on children’s mental health, in an attempt to recommend daily “healthy screen time” limits. The firms have been given one week to explain what actions they have taken to cut underage use, stop cyber bullying and encourage healthy screen time, and what more they intend to do. In an extraordinary letter, Jeremy Hunt said the failure of the firms to prevent young children using social media was “unacceptable and irresponsible,”... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Facebook given week to protect children as Jeremy Hunt accuses social media firms of ‘turning blind eye’