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Threads will allow users to delete accounts separately from Instagram

What To Know

  • Threads is in the process of developing a new feature that will allow users to delete their Threads account without impacting their Instagram account, according to a report by TechCrunch.
  • The complexity arises because Threads was built on top of Instagram, resulting in a close integration between the two platforms, akin to two children in a trenchcoat pretending to be an adult.
  • He noted that these beta builds prevent users from creating a new Threads account linked to the same Instagram account for a period of 120 days after initiating the deletion process.
  • Protti mentioned that the company is addressing issues, including instances where a Threads post migrates to another server and is then deleted by the original author while still persisting on the secondary server.

Threads is in the process of developing a new feature that will allow users to delete their Threads account without impacting their Instagram account, according to a report by TechCrunch. This information was disclosed by Michael Protti, Meta’s Chief Privacy Officer, during the TechCrunch Disrupt event last week.

Protti mentioned that this feature is expected to be available for users by December. However, there are some challenges in implementing this, making it a more intricate process than it may initially appear.

The complexity arises because Threads was built on top of Instagram, resulting in a close integration between the two platforms, akin to two children in a trenchcoat pretending to be an adult. Protti explained that this tight connection between the accounts presented difficulties in separating them. As a result, the company has been working on alternative solutions to alleviate user frustration. These include options such as deactivating accounts or setting them to private.

Back in July, Instagram’s Head, Adam Mosseri, had already indicated that the company was exploring ways to decouple these two platforms, and it seems that the development team has now succeeded in achieving this goal.

Recently, web developer Alessandro Paluzzi uncovered early versions of the upcoming update within Meta’s code. He noted that these beta builds prevent users from creating a new Threads account linked to the same Instagram account for a period of 120 days after initiating the deletion process. It’s important to note that such details may change as the experimental software moves towards an official release.

Protti also confirmed that Meta is actively working on integrating Threads with the expansive “fediverse.” For those unfamiliar with the term, the fediverse is a network of interconnected social platforms that can communicate with each other while remaining distinct.

One well-known example of such a network is Mastodon. Protti mentioned that the company is addressing issues, including instances where a Threads post migrates to another server and is then deleted by the original author while still persisting on the secondary server.

Although Threads has faced some engagement challenges, Meta has been consistent in releasing updates to address user concerns. Recent improvements include the addition of keyword search functionality and a robust web application, among other enhancements. Mosseri has also provided insights into upcoming Threads features through an Instagram Stories post, including plans for enhanced account recommendations and an edit button for posts, among other additions.

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