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When Meta launched Threads in July, one of the complaints users had about the platform was that it was impossible to delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.

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Up until now, the only alternative was to "temporarily" deactivate your Threads profile. This option makes your posts and interactions with others invisible on the platform, but it leaves your posts on Meta's servers unless you go through them and manually delete them one by one.

Thankfully, Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Monday posted that the company was finally doing something to resolve the issue – it's in the process of rolling out a way to delete or deactivate a Threads profile separately while leaving the associated Instagram account intact.

The following steps show you how to delete your Threads profile, as per Mosseri's instructions.
  1. In the Threads app, tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the two-line menu icon in the top right of your profile.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Delete or Deactivate Profile.
  4. Tap Delete profile, then confirm your choice.
If you don't see the option, the rollout hasn't reached you just yet, but it shouldn't be long before it pops up, so check back in a day or two.

According to Mosseri, Threads is also rolling out a way for users to prevent their Threads posts from appearing on Facebook and Instagram. When the rollout is complete, users can find two options in the Privacy section of the app's settings, under "Suggesting posts on other apps." Tapping this will reveal separate switches to turn off suggestions on Instagram and Facebook.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a company earnings call last month that Threads now has "just under" 100 million monthly users. Since its launch earlier this year it has gained a web app, an ability to search for posts, and a post editing feature. However, the app still isn't available in the EU because Meta hasn't yet worked out how to comply with the bloc's Digital Markets Act regulations.

Article Link: Delete Your Threads Profile and Stay on Instagram - Here's How
 

GuruZac

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Instagram is the only social media app I use, and that’s becoming less and less. The same pathetic censoring of content is increasingly apparent. Zuck is also a worm. Forget TikTok.


As a side, a study just came that showed as little as 3 hours of social media consumption per day effectively burns out the pleasure pathways in the brain (VTA and Nuclear Accumbens). And we wonder why mental health is at an all time low. Poor lifestyle/diet plus social media/media consumption = poor brain health.
 

contacos

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I never truly realized how awful META was until I tried to reach them on any channel whatsoever. It’s like the whole company only consists of AI and useless FAQ help pages. This is especially questionable when they offer paid subscription and money is involved nowadays.

I subscribed to Instagram without Ads in the EU and in order to subscribe on Desktop to save the 30% „Apple Tax“ you need to have a Facebook account for some reason like it doesn’t work on Instagram. Anyway, 30 minutes after I PAID, they block the Facebook account I just created for no reason but the subscription continued to run. Therefore I had no way to actually cancel because in order to unsubscribe, you need to access the Facebook dashboard, which you can’t, if your account got blocked!

Tried to reach a real person or even a simple form but not a chance!

Also, the other day they blocked my Instagram account from commenting for 24 hours and all I wrote was a comment like „you have until October to do your taxes“ literally. Wtf

Meanwhile on Facebook (which thankfully has been unblocked after sending them a video selfie 3 days later) I cannot add any of my friends because their stupid system keeps claiming „we don’t think you actually know this person“.

Meta … run by programmed idiots
 

NEPOBABY

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Threads is terrible

Guys in India keep posting porn using fake porn actress accounts directly under threads started by women. They do it on Twitter too. What do they think they will get out of wasting their lives like this?
 

NEPOBABY

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I never truly realized how awful META was until I tried to reach them on any channel whatsoever.

Meta … run by programmed idiots

I have had fake accounts pretending to be Asian girls trying to pig butcher me and when I reported them the so called moderation Meta uses said they found no problem. These accounts are part of a network who steal from people. How hard is it to detect that when it is so obvious? Are the execs at Meta benefitting from cyber crime? It could be if they are crypto bag holders and need real cash liquidity to be extracted from gullible people and cyber crime victims.
 

Sorinut

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Feb 26, 2015
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Instagram is the only social media app I use, and that’s becoming less and less. The same pathetic censoring of content is increasingly apparent. Zuck is also a worm. Forget TikTok.


As a side, a study just came that showed as little as 3 hours of social media consumption per day effectively burns out the pleasure pathways in the brain (VTA and Nuclear Accumbens). And we wonder why mental health is at an all time low. Poor lifestyle/diet plus social media/media consumption = poor brain health.

It's still pretty good if you only view people you follow, and you only follow people you know. I don't explore outside of my social circle whatsoever..

None of my friends were posting on Threads, so I deleted it.
 
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MLVC

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I never truly realized how awful META was until I tried to reach them on any channel whatsoever. It’s like the whole company only consists of AI and useless FAQ help pages. This is especially questionable when they offer paid subscription and money is involved nowadays.

I subscribed to Instagram without Ads in the EU and in order to subscribe on Desktop to save the 30% „Apple Tax“ you need to have a Facebook account for some reason like it doesn’t work on Instagram. Anyway, 30 minutes after I PAID, they block the Facebook account I just created for no reason but the subscription continued to run. Therefore I had no way to actually cancel because in order to unsubscribe, you need to access the Facebook dashboard, which you can’t, if your account got blocked!

Tried to reach a real person or even a simple form but not a chance!

Also, the other day they blocked my Instagram account from commenting for 24 hours and all I wrote was a comment like „you have until October to do your taxes“ literally. Wtf

Meanwhile on Facebook (which thankfully has been unblocked after sending them a video selfie 3 days later) I cannot add any of my friends because their stupid system keeps claiming „we don’t think you actually know this person“.

Meta … run by programmed idiots

And I found the first (and only?) person that is paying for Meta without ads.
 

CarAnalogy

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How about the other way around. Not that I really want to use anything from Meta. For now Threads seems the least bad but I’m sure it won’t be long before the ******tification begins.

Somewhat related it’s kind of annoying that so many links are broken now since Twitter went down the tubes. Can’t wait for the same thing to happen to Threads in a few years next time there’s a mass exodus.

It’s practically impossible to link to something someone said anymore unless they said it on their own blog. Which still remains a good idea. Not great to let these megalomaniacs consolidate everything.
 

Trusteft

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I am willing to try Threads when they finally obey EU laws.
It's taking them way too long.
 

charlesdayton

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I have had fake accounts pretending to be Asian girls trying to pig butcher me and when I reported them the so called moderation Meta uses said they found no problem. These accounts are part of a network who steal from people. How hard is it to detect that when it is so obvious? Are the execs at Meta benefitting from cyber crime? It could be if they are crypto bag holders and need real cash liquidity to be extracted from gullible people and cyber crime victims.
I recently reported a fake account posting porn spam and pretending to be actress Cote de Pablo. The account had over 100 posts, all the exact same pic of the actress and a link to an only fans page.

I reported it as impersonation of a famous person and got an automated response saying “This account does not violate our terms”

They should get some humans to review reports as their AI definitely sucks at its job
 
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IIGS User

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Step 1: Delete social media accounts.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Happiness

THIS!

My spouse was trying to post pictures of our grandson on FB the other day and FB kept blocking her. Keep in mind these were completely clothed pictures of a 2 yr old toddler playing and smiling, so there's no CSAM issues here. Just a computer and an algorithm doing stupid stuff. It's usually cat pictures and tame memes my spouse is posting.

She got a little miffed with FB. I told her to stop using it (like I did 3 years ago) and they will stop making money off of you. She looked at me like I had 3 heads.

Quitting social media was on par with deciding to live a sober lifestyle. It was that liberating and pulled that much drama away from my life.

I highly recommend it.
 

supremedesigner

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Honestly, I don't even understand why they created Threads in the first place. It is DOA. I understand Meta censor-loving trying to compete with Twitter/X but it flopped so bad.
 

supremedesigner

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Bring back the Instagram of old... The Instagram loved by professional photographers and hobby photographers...

I agree. It is super bloated right now. I never understood why they have different UI for both "reels" and "videos" and it is confusing.
 
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