What is Instagram’s new app, Threads?
The relatively newly created Threads is Meta’s rival to Twitter. Like Twitter, Threads lets you post threads, join public conversations, and follow friends or creators with the same interests. While Instagram is a platform that connects people through photos and videos, Meta seeks to expand that to text and create a space to share your ideas with Threads.
For now, Threads is available in over 100 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan. Unfortunately, Threads is unavailable in European countries due to the EU’s strict data privacy rules.
What you should know about deleting your Threads account
Threads offers a variety of features, such as a higher character limit on posts and the number of items in a single post than Twitter. What’s more, Threads does not have ads. However, if this highly anticipated app doesn’t float your boat, deleting it is not very simple.
To encourage you to stay on Threads, Meta links your Threads account with your Instagram account, which means that the only way to delete Threads is to delete your linked Instagram profile. If you still want to keep your Instagram account, you’ll have to deactivate Threads.
Therefore, in the following section, we’ll lead you through the Threads account deactivation process without deleting your Instagram account.
How to deactivate your Threads account
Unlike deleting, deactivating your Threads account takes minimal effort. Here’s how to do it:
- Open Threads and tap on your profile icon in the bottom right.
- Tap the two dashes in the top right to access the account settings menu.
- Select “Account.”
- Tap on “Other account settings.”
- Then tap “Deactivate profile.”
- And confirm by clicking on the “Deactivate Threads profile” button.
Done! You will be logged out of your Threads account automatically. Deactivating Threads doesn’t delete your posts, replies, likes, or followers but temporarily hides them from other users. If you’ll feel like returning to Threads sometime in the future, just log back in with your password and username.
Here’s our guide on deleting your Instagram account if you’re seeking to delete your Threads data for good.
Threads app privacy and security concerns
- Browsing history.
- Threads activity (likes, friends list, messages, content you create and view, its metadata, features you use, and duration of your activity).
- Mouse movements.
- Physical location.
- What kind of phone, computer, or tablet you use.
- Purchase details, including debit or credit card information.
The collection of such information is considered invasive and not required for the smooth running of the app. Threads’ privacy security concerns are why the app is still unavailable in Europe. However, Meta says it is doing its best to make Threads in compliance with EU privacy regulations. The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, when asked if Threads is coming to Europe eventually, says, “That’s the plan.”
Is Meta’s Threads app safe?
Can I delete my Threads account permanently?
Yes, you can delete your Threads account for good. However, because your Threads account is directly connected to your Instagram account, you’ll unfortunately, have to permanently delete your Instagram account to get rid of your Threads profile.
What happens after I delete my Threads account?
After you delete your Threads account, your posts, replies, likes, and comments will be hidden and permanently deleted from Meta’s servers in 30 days.
Does deleting Threads delete my Instagram account?
Yes, deleting your Threads account will delete your Instagram account. However, if you wish to keep your Instagram account, you can always deactivate your Threads account.