Meta, the parent company of Instagram, has made a significant update to its Threads app. Users can now delete their Threads profile without having to delete their Instagram account. This long-awaited feature was introduced in response to user feedback and frustration.
To delete or deactivate your profile on the Threads app, simply go to Settings, then Account, and select the option to delete or deactivate your profile. This change provides users with more control over their Threads experience, allowing them to remove their profile without affecting their Instagram presence.
Previously, users were unable to delete their Threads profile without also deleting their Instagram account. This limitation caused frustration among users who wanted to purge their Threads profile but wished to keep their Instagram account intact. With this update, users no longer have to make that difficult decision.
In addition to the ability to delete or deactivate 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. This change gives users more control over the visibility of their Threads content, allowing them to maintain a separate identity within the app.
Despite these updates, Instagram and Threads remain closely interconnected. To join Threads, an Instagram account is still required, and the app’s messaging feature relies on Instagram’s inbox. Threads also utilizes users’ Instagram presence for recommendations and other features, reinforcing the tight integration between the two platforms.
However, Meta has expressed its intention to make Threads compatible with ActivityPub, an open-source protocol that powers Mastodon and other services in the fediverse. While details about this integration are scarce, it suggests that Threads may eventually become more independent and offer users alternative ways to engage with its content.
By integrating with ActivityPub, Threads would enable social media users to interact with its content even if they prefer to avoid Instagram. This move aligns with Meta’s broader goal of providing users with more choice and flexibility in how they engage with its platforms.
While complete separation between Instagram and Threads is unlikely, these recent updates indicate that Meta is actively working towards making Threads a more autonomous and user-friendly app.
Users can now delete their Threads profile without fear of losing their Instagram account, and the integration with ActivityPub opens up new possibilities for engagement.
As Meta continues to untangle and refine the relationship between Threads and Instagram, users can look forward to more improvements and features that enhance their experience on both platforms.
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