Threads, a text-centric social media platform that emerged as an alternative to Twitter, has recently been launched. However, the platform’s debut was not without its share of challenges. One significant issue that users encountered during the registration process was the inability to delete their Threads account once created. The only option available was to disable the account.
This limitation had a ripple effect on users’ Instagram profiles. Deleting a Threads username led to the removal of the linked Instagram profile and all its content. This unexpected consequence caused considerable concern among users, prompting a response from Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram.
Mosseri acknowledged the problem and assured users that Meta, Instagram’s parent company, is actively working on a solution. He suggested that users temporarily deactivate their accounts until a workaround is developed. Deactivating an account hides the profile and any associated content. Users also have the option to switch to private mode for additional privacy.
Threads offer a variety of content-sharing options, including text messages, videos, short GIFs, and the ability to embed Instagram posts within threads. Users can interact with these posts by liking, commenting, reposting, and sharing. However, it’s worth noting that several features are still under development and not yet available.
The executive also highlighted that Threads operates in conjunction with Instagram, allowing users to manage both platforms through a single account. Exciting updates are expected, such as an enhanced search function, the introduction of hashtags, curated tabs, and editing tools for attachments before publication.
However, there is a significant concern regarding Threads’ current non-compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), making it inaccessible to individuals in the European Union. While some may consider using a VPN as a workaround, this could potentially compromise personal data due to less stringent privacy laws in certain countries.
While Threads presents an exciting new platform for social media users, it is clear that there are still issues to be addressed. The promise of future updates and improvements, however, gives hope for a more seamless user experience in the near future.