Meta, the parent company of Instagram, has made a significant update to its Threads app, allowing users to delete their profiles without deleting their Instagram accounts. This long-awaited feature comes as a relief to many Threads users who were frustrated by the inability to remove their Threads profile without also nuking their Instagram presence.
To delete their Threads profile, users can navigate to the Settings menu, select Account, and then choose the option to delete or deactivate their profile. This simple process ensures that users can maintain their Instagram account while removing their Threads profile.
Meta has been actively working on untangling certain aspects of Threads from Instagram, and this recent update is a step in that direction.
In addition to the ability to delete profiles, Meta has also introduced a new settings change that allows Threads users to opt out of having their posts promoted in Instagram and Facebook’s main feeds. These changes give users more control over their content and privacy.
Despite these updates, Instagram and Threads remain closely linked. Threads requires an Instagram account to join, and its messaging feature relies on Instagram’s inbox. The app also utilizes users’ Instagram presence for recommendations and other features.
While complete separation of the two services seems unlikely, there is hope that Threads will become more independent in the future.
Meta has expressed its intention to make Threads compatible with ActivityPub, an open-source protocol that powers platforms like Mastodon and other services in the fediverse. Although details about this integration are scarce, it promises to provide social media users with new ways to interact with Threads content, even if they prefer to avoid Instagram.
The ability to delete Threads profiles without affecting Instagram accounts is a welcome change for users who value their privacy and want more control over their online presence. By offering this option, Meta acknowledges the diverse needs and preferences of its user base.
As Meta continues to refine the Threads app and explore ways to enhance its independence, users can look forward to more updates and improvements. Whether it’s through further integration with ActivityPub or other developments, Threads has the potential to become a more versatile and standalone platform.