Only the most serious of petitioners will be able to get Obama's attention now.
It looks like the White House is tightening down regulations yet again on its online petitions. Now, online petitions need to be able to gather over 100,000 signatures in 30 days' time in order for it to grab President Obama's attention. Previously, the minimum had been set to 25,000 and then 5,000 before that.
No doubt the sheer number of user load has made this decision necessary. According to Mashable, the site's been under heavy load with over 2.3 million new users, 73,000 petitions created, and 4.9 million signatures just in the last two months.
"We're making another adjustment to ensure we're able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve," said Macon Phillips, the White House's director of digital strategy.
Indeed. By increasing the required signature amount to over 100,000, petitioners have to really get serious in order to have their demands be read by the POTUS. No doubt joke petitions like the one requesting the construction of the Death Star helped contribute to this new move.