Instagram launches account deletion option on iOS in accordance with Apple’s new policy.

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Now you can delete your Instagram directly from the mobile app. Meta’s social media app has a new option that allows you to delete or deactivate your Instagram account on iOS to comply with Apple’s updated rules. App Store Verification Guide that now all apps that offer account creation must also include in-app account deletion.

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Until now, you had to log in to Instagram through web browser on desktop or mobile phone to delete your account. The company said it is now introducing this option on its iOS app. Previously, you could deactivate an account through the app, but this does not delete your data from Instagram’s servers. The app itself did not offer any information about the possibility of a complete removal, so many users could simply deactivate their accounts rather than delete them completely.

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“We want to give people more ways to control their experience and time spent on Instagram. We’ve implemented the ability to delete your account in Settings on iOS, and you’ll still have the option to temporarily disable your account before choosing to delete it.” This is stated in the statement of the representative of Meta.

If you continue to delete your account in the app, you still have 30 days for Instagram not to delete your account. It corresponds Apple Recommendations as the company states it is acceptable if account deletion takes some time after initiation. However, this also works the same as deactivation in that it gives users a reflection period during which they can reconsider whether they want to leave the app completely. If they launch the app again within this time period, their account will no longer be queued for deletion.

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In May Apple informed developers that from June 30, the policy of mandatory inclusion of methods for deleting accounts in applications will apply. The Cupertino-based company said that apps that don’t comply with these rules may experience delays in review when submitting updates.

“If your app supports account creation, you must also offer account deletion in the app. Applications may not require users to enter personal information in order to operate, except when it is directly related to the main functions of the application or required by law, ”the company said in a statement. its guidelines.

The firm mentioned that simply offering account deactivation would not be enough. It states that apps should offer to “delete the entire account record, along with associated personal data.” You can enable additional options, but it’s not enough to simply offer to temporarily deactivate or disable an account.”

As shown in the screenshot above, Instagram still highlights the deactivate option as the top choice, using a large blue button that encourages users to click on it. Meanwhile, the delete option below is not highlighted.

Other apps are also now compliant with Apple’s new policy. Meta-owned WhatsApp and Signal offer account deletion on their apps, but Spotify — a frequent Apple critic and antitrust campaigner — only offers a link to the account deletion page. Telegram also doesn’t offer the option to delete an account. TechCrunch contacted these companies to ask if they plan to update their apps to comply with Apple’s policies and if they will update them if we get a response.




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