Petition Seeks Abolition of White House Petition Site

One thousand users of the White House's petition-hosting service want to close the site.

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The White House's petition-hosting site is useless, according to one petition.
The White House's petition-hosting site is useless, according to one petition.

Some users of the White House's petition-hosting service are petitioning to end the online petitions, which ostensibly inform President Barack Obama of Americans' grievances.

The so-called "We the People" petition site, launched in 2011, "is littering the Internet and provides no real value," the petition's creator complained.

"This is not participation in the political process. This is a way for you to cherry pick a few popular issues and make a statement to get some quick press coverage," according to the author, identified only by initials F.B.

To sign White House petitions, people must first register with the site using a name, ZIP code and email address. If a petition reaches 100,000 signatures within 30 days of its creation, an Obama administration official will issue a response.

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"Focus on reforming the policies of a post 9/11 government, the platform you ran on... instead of wasting everybody's time with this nonsense 'petitions' web site," the petition author continued. "You can dull the minds of the masses with these cheap tricks, but you can't fool ...the critical thinkers."

This isn't the first time a petition sought to abolish the petition site. In 2012 Jeff Jarvis, a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism created a similar petition. "[T]his petition itself is merely link-bait, to demonstrate the point," he wrote. "If you'd like media to stop making fake stories out of fake petitions, sign below."

Although most petitions express actual policy objectives, such as a petition asking Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, some of the most popular petitions - including "Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group," which received 367,000 signatures - end up providing softball opportunities for officials to agree with the sentiment of petitioners without making any actual commitment.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,000 users signed the petition to abolish the site. It still has around 99,000 signatures to go.

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