Threads has introduced the ability to delete a profile without deleting your Instagram account

Threads, Elon Musk’s micro-blogging rival to Meta for X, has rapidly become a popular social media platform within months of its launch. Instagram’s text-based app is still in its infancy, with many major features yet to come. Since Threads went live in July, users have complained about the fact that the platform doesn’t let them delete their profile without completely deleting their Instagram account. Now, Instagram head Adam Mosseri has announced two new updates to the social media site, one of which adds the ability to individually delete a Threads profile from Instagram.

In the Threads post, Mosseri said the platform is rolling out two new updates based on user feedback. The first of these is the much-awaited ability to delete a Threads profile without deleting the linked Instagram account. Since Threads profiles are linked to their respective Instagram accounts, until now there was no real way to delete your presence on the platform without deleting your Instagram. However, users can temporarily deactivate their Threads profile.

With the new update, you can delete your Threads profile without interfering with your account on Meta’s photo-sharing app. This can be done by going to Settings > Account > Delete or deactivate profile. Here, you can select Delete to completely delete your Threads account.

Threads is also rolling out a second update that gives users a little more control over who can see their Threads posts on Meta’s social platform. Currently, posts on the app also appear on Instagram and Facebook feeds. This feature was recently introduced to drive more engagement from Meta’s more established platforms towards its newest. Following user backlash over privacy concerns (users had no control over where and to whom their Threads posts would be shown), the new update introduces a way to avoid having Threads appear on platforms outside of it. This can be accessed in the Privacy section of the Settings menu.

Since its splashy launch in July, Threads has received criticism for lacking features that are typically present on text-based social media platforms. The app could not be accessed on the web until recently when it launched a web version to access X (formerly Twitter) in August.

Like other Meta apps, the app has also come under scrutiny for its excessive user data collection. After its record-breaking launch on July 6, which made it the fastest to reach 100 million downloads, Threads struggled to retain users in the following weeks, with the app losing more than half of its users. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees that the company is focusing on increasing user retention. He said, “Obviously, if you have over 100 million people signed up, ideally it would be great if all of them or even half of them stayed. We’re not there yet.”

Last month, Threads also launched an edit button and a voice threads feature, which lets users edit a thread multiple times within five minutes of posting and send them a recorded voice message as the thread posts, respectively. Allows posting.

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