Threads cannot be deleted without deleting Instagram account, users outraged

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Some users attempting to delete their account on Meta’s recently released app Threads are facing an obstacle as they realize they cannot do so without deleting their Instagram account as well.
Threads, which was released on July 6 and is considered as Meta’s much-awaited competitor to Twitter, received an impressive 10 million sign-ups within its initial seven hours, as mentioned in a post by Mark Zuckerberg on the app.

Threads, Meta’s Twitter competitor, is gaining signups at an incredible rate, 10 million signups in just seven hours. However, the widely anticipated new service, which requires an Instagram account to sign up for, has an odd stipulation: Deleting a Threads account necessitates the deletion of the linked Instagram account.

Imran Khan on Threads

Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has a significantly larger number of followers on the social media platform Threads compared to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Khan’s account on the platform, developed by Meta, has garnered over 64 thousand followers since its launch, while Sharif’s account has only 1,961 followers. Additionally, politicians like Bilawal Bhutto, Maryam Nawaz, and the founder of MQM have also joined Threads and created their accounts.

Meta explains on the policy page that a Threads profile is part of the user’s Instagram account. Many people were taken aback when they discovered this stipulation.

Threads, a text-based chat software, is a high-profile alternative to Twitter, which is owned by Elon Musk.

Instagram, the ubiquitous photo-sharing network with over 2 billion users, launched Threads on Wednesday in over 100 countries. The app, the latest in a slew of rapidly rising Twitter competitors, appears to be the most desirable so far.

Zuckerberg detailed his goal for the new app in a Threads post: “I think there should be a public conversations app with 1 billion+ people on it.” Twitter has had the opportunity to do so, but has failed to do so. We can only hope.”

Zuckerberg said early Thursday that the app had received 10 million signups in just seven hours, along with an emoji indicating that his mind had been blown by the response. Threads is the fastest-growing consumer offering, with a user base of 10 million.

A number of organizations, including Netflix, Amazon, the NFL, and Pepsi, have also showed their support for Threads by signing up for the app. Many significant companies, including Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Disney, are inexplicably absent, at least at the time of publication.

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