Meta Confirms Threads Profile Deletion Linked to Instagram Account Removal


Threads, the Twitter rival developed by Meta, is captivating users with remarkable speed, as revealed by co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Within a mere seven-hour span, the platform has successfully garnered an astonishing 10 million sign-ups. However, the highly anticipated service comes with an intriguing condition: To delete a Threads account, users must also delete the associated Instagram account, as the two are intricately linked during the onboarding process.

Meta’s Supplemental Privacy Policy provides clarity on the matter, stating, “You have the option to deactivate your Threads profile whenever you wish, but the permanent deletion of your Threads profile requires the deletion of your associated Instagram account.”

Meta further explains on the policy page that a Threads profile is inherently linked to a user’s Instagram account, emphasizing their interconnectedness. The revelation of this condition has sparked surprise among numerous users who were previously unaware of this stipulation. For more details:

“I deactivated my threads account already but it turns out you can’t delete your threads account *without also deleting your Instagram account* so maybe just don’t sign up!”

— emily hughes

Instagram, the immensely popular photo-sharing platform boasting over 2 billion users, unveiled Threads on Wednesday, introducing it to users in over 100 countries. As the latest addition to the ever-expanding category of Twitter rivals, Threads is already emerging as one of the most coveted options available.

In a Threads post, Mark Zuckerberg, the visionary behind the app, shared his aspirations, stating, “I believe there should be a public conversations app with a user base exceeding 1 billion people. While Twitter had the opportunity to achieve this, it hasn’t quite accomplished it. Hopefully, we will.”

Within a mere seven hours of its launch, Threads managed to attract a staggering 10 million sign-ups, leaving Zuckerberg so astonished that he shared an emoji symbolizing his mind being blown by the overwhelming response. This rapid pace sets Threads as the fastest-growing consumer offering to date.

Threads has garnered support and endorsement from various prominent brands, such as Netflix, Amazon, NFL, and Pepsi, which have demonstrated their confidence in the app by signing up. However, notable industry giants including Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Disney have chosen not to join the platform, at least as of the time of this publication. The absence of these major names from Threads creates an air of intrigue and curiosity surrounding their decision.

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