White House to ‘Temporarily’ Shut “We The People” Petition Website

The White House has said it will be shutting down the “We The People” website for petitions “from midnight on Tuesday until a new one is set up in late January.”

The petition platform was set up under Barack Obama in 2011 as part of his digital democracy initiative.

At the time, the White House said that the platform would “give all Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of issues affecting our nation”.

If a petition receives more than 100,000 signatures within a 30-day period, the White House is supposed to issue an official response to it.

Since January, popular petitions that have drawn the required number of signatures include one that calls for President Trump’s resignation and another that demands he release his tax returns.

However, since the start of the Trump administration, all of the petitions that have met this threshold have gone unanswered.

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