Threads, a newly launched text-centric social media platform, is making waves as an alternative to Twitter. However, users are finding that the platform comes with its own set of unique challenges.
During the registration process on Threads, users are required to provide their Instagram usernames. This integration between the two platforms allows for seamless management of both accounts. Users can share text-based messages, videos, and GIFs, and even embed Instagram posts within threads on the platform, fostering engagement through likes, comments, reposts, and shares.
However, a significant limitation has been discovered by users. Once a Threads account is created, it cannot be deleted outright, only deactivated. This deactivation leads to the removal of the associated Instagram profile and all its content when the Threads username is deleted.
Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram, has acknowledged this issue. He assured users that Meta, the parent company of both Instagram and Threads, is actively working on a solution. Until then, users are advised to temporarily deactivate their Threads accounts to avoid any unintended consequences on their Instagram profiles.
Deactivating a Threads account hides the user’s profile and associated content. Users also have the option to switch to private mode, which further limits visibility.
While Threads is still under development with exciting updates expected, such as improved search functions, the introduction of hashtags, curated tabs, and editing tools for attachments before publishing, it currently lacks compliance with GDPR. This makes it unavailable to individuals residing in the European Union.
Users considering using a VPN to access Threads should be aware of potential risks. Routing through a country with less strict privacy laws may compromise their data.
In conclusion, while Threads offers a fresh take on social media interaction, users must tread carefully until the platform resolves its account deletion issue. Until then, temporary deactivation is the safest course of action to protect Instagram profiles.