Threads can't be deleted without also deleting your Instagram, but Meta is working on it
Meta managed to introduce Threads without a single reference to Twitter only a few days ago, although it is already enjoying (nearly) world-wide success by providing a "separate space for real-time updates and public conversations" without an increasingly patent focus on direct monetization.
However, as the writer Emily Hughes has pointed out, there may be a reason to temper your FOMO concerning this new social media sensation - one that has little to do with the EU's initial reservations. Threads may be particularly appealing to existing Instagram fans, as their current username and verification level can be ported onto the newer app by default.
To that end, Meta notes that "your Threads profile is part of your Instagram account": therefore, one can't delete the former without also deleting the latter. Then again, said profile can be deactivated at any time as an alternative - although this presumably means its data will still be held on the communication giant's servers.
Instagram (and now also Threads) CEO Adam Mosseri has publicly responded to concerns about this situation by noting that Meta is working on a way to enable discrete Threads account deletions. The company has also stated that it aspires to make its latest platform "compatible with the open, interoperable social networks that we believe can shape the future of the internet", although it has yet to specify how it plans to do so exactly.