Billionaire Elon Musk is further cutting the amount of features that Twitter users can access on the platform for free.
From April 15, users who do not pay for Twitter Blue – which costs £11/month for Android and iOS – will no longer be able to vote in polls, Musk has said.
They also will no longer have their tweets appear in the ‘For You’ tab, which shows popular tweets that are boosted by an algorithm.
Musk said the changes will stop ‘AI bot swarms taking over’ the site, although he stopped short of explaining exactly how.
The CEO – who purchased the social media network in October – said that paid social media will be ‘the only social media that matters’.
‘Starting April 15th, only verified accounts will be eligible to be in For You recommendations,’ said Musk in a tweet.
‘[This] is the only realistic way to address advanced AI bot swarms taking over. It is otherwise a hopeless losing battle.
‘Voting in polls will require verification for same reason.’
Jake Moore, tech expert and security advisor at ESET, challenged Musk’s suggestion that the decision is anything to do with removing Twitter bots.
‘This isn’t just a response to AI bots swarming the site, this is a response to the company haemorrhaging money,’ Moore told MailOnline.
‘Musk has obliterated the company and is now looking at removing features from unpaid accounts.’
Twitter introduced polls back in 2015 as a fun way to weigh in on various topics, while the For You tab was introduced at the start of this year.
For You – the same name as a feature on TikTok – shows tweets from accounts that users do and don’t follow, all out of order and boosted by an algorithm.
It provides an alternative to the ‘Following’ tab, which shows tweets from accounts users follow in reverse chronological order, with those most-recently posted at the top.
Voting in polls and appearing in the For You tab are the latest Twitter features to make the transition from the free version of Twitter to Twitter Blue, the paid version.