Deleting your Threads account requires more than a simple click

Jul 6, 2023, 5:45 PM EDT
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Deleting your Threads account requires more than a simple click
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With the launch of Threads, Mark Zuckerberg’s latest foray into the realm of social media, users have discovered that deleting their Threads account is not as straightforward as they might have assumed. This unique approach by Meta, the parent company of Threads, has sparked annoyance and raised concerns among users. The platform’s requirement to delete an Instagram account along with Threads poses challenges for those looking to completely disengage from the app.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s ambition to challenge Twitter‘s dominance in the social media landscape led to the creation of Threads. The app has already garnered significant attention, amassing over 30 million sign-ups, as confirmed by Meta’s CEO. Even prominent figures like Mr. Beast, Stephen Curry, and Kim Kardashian have joined the platform, signaling its potential to attract a broad user base.


Meta’s strategy to swiftly establish Threads involved leveraging Instagram’s extensive user base of over 1 billion individuals. Through seamless integration, Instagram users can effortlessly set up a Threads account in a matter of seconds. However, this convenience comes with a hidden caveat—Meta’s covert approach to inhibit account deletions.

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Threads’ privacy policy explicitly states that deleting a Threads account necessitates deleting the associated Instagram account as well. Users who desire to sever ties with Threads find themselves facing an unexpected obstacle. This requirement not only thwarts their attempts to extricate themselves from the platform but also raises concerns about the underlying motives of Meta.

Why deleting Threads isn't as easy as you think
Screenshot of Threads Supplemental Privacy Policy (Read the highlighted phrase or check their Privacy Policy statement here).

Furthermore, Threads has faced scrutiny for its extensive data collection practices. The app gathers a wide range of information from user activities, potentially encroaching upon individual privacy. These practices have contributed to Meta’s decision to refrain from launching Threads in the European Union, where stricter privacy regulations prevail.


Despite the account-deletion requirement and privacy concerns, Meta envisions Threads as a more welcoming and benevolent alternative to Twitter. Unlike Elon Musk‘s Twitter, which has been characterized by an emphasis on free speech and limited content moderation, Zuckerberg emphasizes cultivating kindness and friendliness on the platform.

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