Meta Threads gives EU users a choice!

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Meta Threads gives EU users a choice!
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Threads can now be used without an Instagram profile. The Threads app from Meta is intended to be an alternative to X, formerly Twitter. The app now displays “Apparently you are in Europe” for many users at launch, followed by “Due to legislation in your region, you need to confirm how you want to use Threads” . You can “Use threads without a profile” or “Continue to use threads with your profile. Everything you need to know now in this article. (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

Threads ohne Profil nutzen: Das Bild zeigt einen Screenshot der Auswahl, ob man Threads mit oder ohne Instagram-Account nutzen möchte. Ohne Accountbindung, wird das Threads Konto gelöscht.
English:
Use threads without a profile: The image shows a screenshot of the selection whether you want to use Threads with or without an Instagram account. Without an account, the Threads account will be deleted.
Using Theads without a profile in Europe: Which decision should you make?

Decision Use threads without profile

 

Threads presents users with a decision that is making social media users in Europe sit up and take notice. The message is clear: “Your choice, your control!” From now on, EU users will be confronted with a crucial question when opening the app – do they want to use Threads with or without a profile?

This change presumably follows in order to properly implement the EU’s data protection regulations and the GDPR. By selecting “Continue to use with your profile”, everything remains the same – users can post, interact and enjoy personalized recommendations. But there is also another option: “Use without profile”. Should you do this? (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

Use threads without a profile: A choice tantamount to a complete reset – no posting, no interaction, no personalized content. Your current profile will be deleted. Your content will then remain on threads for 30 days, after which it will disappear from the platform for good.

It is still possible to read on the platform, but that’s about it.

The exact text on the selection page is:

Use without a profile
If you decide to use threads without a profile, your current profile will be deleted. You will then not be able to post content, interact with content or receive personalized recommendations.

Threads App (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

If you select the option without profile, a detail screen will appear containing the following text:

Use threads without a profile

  • Your profile will then be permanently deleted
    If you choose to use threads without a profile, your profile, content, likes and followers on threads will be hidden and permanently removed after 30 days
    […]
Threads App (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

The page also states:

You can change your selection at any time
If you want to use threads with a profile, you can log in with an Instagram account

Threads App (Quotes automatically translated from German to Eng

The problem with this is that your content will probably not be restored once it has been deleted.

Die Detailseite zur Auswahl Threads ohne Profil verwenden.
English: The details page to select Threads without profile.
Use the details page to select Threads without profile.

To summarize, this means:

  • Use threads without a profile:
    • View content without the ability to post or interact.
    • Do not receive personalized recommendations.
    • Selection can be changed at any time to use threads with a profile.
  • Your profile will be permanently deleted:
    • If you decide to use threads without a profile, the profile and all content will be deleted after 30 days.
    • “Likes” and followers are also removed.
  • Terms of use and data protection:
    • Use of Threads requires agreement to Instagram’s Terms of Service and Threads’ Supplemental Terms of Service.
    • Confirmation that Meta’s privacy policy and the supplementary privacy policy of Threads have been read.
    • When using threads without a profile, information on the security and integrity of the platform is used as described in the privacy policy.

      (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

When should you use the “Use without profile” decision?

You should only use this option if you want to delete your Threads account anyway. Because it seems there is still an account commitment. Without an account connection to Instagram, there is no Threads account.

So if you wanted to delete your Threads account anyway: Use the option to use threads without a profile.

Use decision threads with Instagram profile

The second option is to continue using threads with your Instagram profile. If you choose this option, everything stays the same. You keep your Threads account and the account retention remains.

The exact text in the app reads:

Continue using your profile
<profile name>
This is your current selection. If you use the Threads profile you created with your Instagram account, you can post content, interact with content and receive personalized recommendations.

Threads App (Quotes automatically translated from German to English)

Which decision is better?

Here is a small table for an overview:

OptionContinue using a accountUse without account
Post contentYesNo
Interact with contentYesNo
Personalized recommendationsYesNo
Data protectionStandardIncreased
User experiencePersonalizedAnonymous
AvailabilityFullRestricted
A table for deciding whether to use threads without a profile or with an Instagram profile

The most important point, however, is that your Threads profile will be deleted. So if you are already active there and have built up something, you should probably keep it.

What is Threads?

Threads is a social network from Meta, which works similarly to X, formerly Twitter.

What happens if I decide to use threads without a profile?

If you use threads without a profile, you can still view content, but you cannot post content or interact with existing content. You will also not receive any personalized recommendations.

Can I change my selection after I have decided to use threads without a profile?

Yes, your selection is not final. You can return to a profile at any time and use threads with full functionality. However, your previous content may then be deleted.

What happens to my data if I use threads without a profile?

If you use threads without a profile, your existing profile, including all content, “likes” and followers, will be permanently removed after 30 days.

Do I have to agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to use Threads?

Yes, use of Threads requires that you agree to Instagram’s and Threads’ Terms of Service and acknowledge that you have read Meta’s Privacy Policy and Threads’ Supplemental Privacy Policy.

Cover picture: Picture from Foto von Miguel Á. Padriñán

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