The thread was posted earlier this week, and people signed up with Instagram usernames, as Twitter alternatives are powered by photo-centric social media. However, many people have discovered that an account on Threads cannot be deleted once created; you can only disable it. Deleting the Threads username will automatically apply to the Instagram profile as well, deleting all content.
Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, revealed that Meta is aware of the problem, is working on a solution, and advises users to deactivate their current accounts.
Threads allows users to post text-based messages, videos, short GIFs, and embed Instagram posts in threads. They can also like, comment, retweet and share posts, but many other features are still missing. Deactivating the account will hide the profile and any content posted, the user can also decide to go private.
Threads is powered by Instagram, which is why users only use one account, the executive said. They will soon be able to use a more powerful search, and we hope to see hashtags, featured tabs, and attachment editing tools before launch.
There is also a problem with Threads that is currently not GDPR compliant, meaning people in the EU cannot use social media. They can turn to a VPN solution, but if they pass through countries with weak privacy laws, their data will be compromised.