The White House has increased the threshold for response for all new “We the people” online petitions. You’ll now need 100,000 rather than 25,000 signatures.
While I think that it’s shitty that they’re quadrupling the numbers needed to get a guaranteed response I really can’t say I blame them. Between deporting Pierce Morgan, building a Death Star, and building the Enterprise, there are a lot of people abusing the system just for lulz. Now, that’s probably not the only reason they’re doing it. It also helps them avoid answering some awkward questions too.
You can argue that the White House was never going to take any of these petitions seriously (or at least the ones that weren’t convenient) but that doesn’t mean that we have to treat them that way. It’s easier to ignore all of these as a joke when the joke ones get so much attention.