Recently, there has been controversy surrounding Threads, the new social network launched by Meta, due to a surprising restriction imposed on users. To the astonishment of many, once an account is created on Threads, it is not possible to delete it without first deleting the associated Instagram account.
This revelation was made public when a user shared her experience via Twitter, explaining that by deleting her account on the new social network, she had also inadvertently deleted her Instagram account.
I deactivated my threads account already but it turns out you can’t delete your threads account *without also deleting your Instagram account* so maybe just don’t sign up!— emily hughes âœ¨ (@emilyhughes) July 6, 2023
This one-sided restriction approach by Meta raises serious concerns about transparency and user control over their own data. Taking advantage of the widespread tendency for users to overlook legal documents, platforms like Meta can impose little-known limitations and requirements that affect the user experience. It is essential that technology companies are more transparent and clear in the communication of their policies and restrictions, so that users can make informed decisions about the use of their services.