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Do You Want To Delete Your Threads Profile? You Will Have To Get Rid Of Your Instagram Account Too

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Meta's Twitter alternative Threads is finally here, and it is up to a solid start amassing over 10 million signups in just 7 hours since its launch. Although it looks like a very good app to join, there is seemingly a problematic issue with the app. Considering how it relies on your Instagram profile, it turns out that if you want to delete your Threads account, you are going to have to get rid of your Instagram account, too.

Deleting your Instagram account is the only way to delete your Threads account

What this means is that Meta has locked the user into making a very tough decision, and it does make sense from the growth perspective, but when you look at it as a business practice, it is a shady one, at best. At the time of writing, there is no way to delete your Threads account without deleting your Instagram account, and this is hidden away in the supplemental privacy policy that reads, “You may deactivate your Threads profile at any time, but your Threads profile can only be deleted by deleting your Instagram account.”

There is a chance that this might change once Threads becomes more popular, enough to actually not need reliance on Instagram, but until that doesn't happen, you are going to be stuck with your account if you don't want to get rid of your Instagram account. And considering how most of us have been using Instagram since it debuted back in 2010, it would be mighty stupid of us to actually delete our accounts, which as a result, would mean that we would have to stick with our Threads account even if we don't want to use them.

If you are looking to join Threads to see what the hype is all about, you can do so and then just leave the account as it is if you don't feel like using it again. Alternatively, you can just create a new Instagram account and use that to sign up for Threads - that way, if you don't like how the new platform is, you can just delete the supplemental account and be done with it.

Honestly, in my decades in the tech industry, I have never seen something like this, and I am really surprised that Meta didn't mention this when launching the app. Sure, I understand that you would want people to use your latest offering, but that doesn't mean you get to lock them out of their own free will. We'll keep you posted if there is an official statement regarding this decision or any update on how account deletion works.

Have you signed up on Meta's latest platform? Let us know how you think this compares to Twitter and whether it has the potential to dethrone the king of microblogging websites.

Written by Furqan Shahid

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