Threads Users Outraged After Learning They Can’t Delete Their Accounts Without Losing Their Instagram Profiles, Meta Says ‘We’re Working On’ It

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It looks like Meta is still working out some kinks with its new social media platform Threads. Users came forward and expressed concerns over the app deleting their Instagram profiles if they chose to delete their Threads account, according to a spokesperson per Insider. Now Meta is going back in to see how they can fix it. 

According to the Supplemental Privacy Policy for the app,

“Your Threads profile is part of your Instagram account, and may be deleted at any time by deleting your Instagram account.”

In order for users to have a Threads account they must already have an Instagram account. Initially, when entering the app it even asks if users would like to import bio information and followers from their existing Instagram profile. 

“This is something we’re working on,”

a Meta spokesperson told Insider. As an alternative Meta says users can deactivate their profile, meaning posts will be temporarily disabled until they choose to reactivate it, at any time without it affecting their Instagram account. 

Threads, Metas rival app to Twitter, was launched on July 6, receiving 10 million users in just 7 hours of its launch, according to a post on the platform by Mark Zuckerberg. This is record breaking compared to its other social media competitors. 

Since its launch Twitter has threatened to sue Meta over the app due to its striking similarities. Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s and his attorney Alex Spiro even calling the app a Twitter


A letter written to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, accuses him of hiring former Twitter employees, who were previously laid off by Musk, to make the social media app.

“No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing,”

Meta’s communications director Andy Stone wrote in a Threads post. 

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