Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey deletes his Instagram account

“Clear eyes, Meta free, can’t lose,” said Jack Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, which is now called X.

Dorsey announced that he has deleted his Instagram account for good, after not posting from it for over a decade.

“Deleted my Instagram account after 12 years. Was one of the first 10 accounts I believe, and one of the first angel investors,” Dorsey said in a post on X.

The tech mogul also noted that his Instagram handle was up for grabs, wondering, “Who will they give the @jack handle to?”

The handle currently leads to a “page isn’t available” notice, indicating that the link is either broken or the page may have been removed.

Responding to follower reactions, Dorsey said in further comments that he did not have Facebook or WhatsApp either. All three platforms are owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta.

Asked for an explanation, Dorsey said that “all the reasons are too meta to be interesting.” One user shared his skepticism about Facebook and Instagram but said “WhatsApp is king,” to which the tech mogul replied: “Compromised.”

In a post on Nostr, a decentralized platform he backs, Dorsey further elaborated that he stopped using Instagram when it was sold to Facebook.

“Don’t know why it took me so long,” he said about the decision to finally delete the account.

The last post on Dorsey’s Instagram was a picture of him dated April 9th, 2012, the day he found out the platform was sold to Facebook even though Twitter was also interested. Later accounts said he felt betrayed by the move.

Dorsey is currently CEO of Block, a fintech company, and board member at Twitter spinoff Bluesky, both of which he also co-founded.

Elon Musk, who bought Twitter last year and is involved in his own very public feud with Zuckerberg, was evidently thrilled by Dorsey’s announcement, responding to the news with a “fire” emoji.

This comes after The Washington Post reported X was delaying link access to social media rivals, including Dorsey’s Bluesky, and news organizations like The New York Times.

Dorsey has reportedly maintained a 2.4% stake in Twitter after Musk’s takeover and continues to be active on X, its current iteration.

In his series of posts, he also took a dig at Apple, noting he was “broadly” disappointed by the company’s approach to the App Store, but said he still “generally” trusted Apple more than others when it came to data protection and security.

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