“After announcing Friday it will no longer voluntarily release visitor logs, the White House is considering eliminating the popular petitions site We the People.
A decision to end the service would be seen as a setback for accountability by many critics of President Donald Trump, but as the end of a soft-news gimmick by others.
The site, launched on the White House website in 2011, was deftly used by the Obama administration to generate positive press. Since January, it has served largely as a sounding board for Trump opponents.
More than 1 million people, for example, have demanded that Trump publish his tax returns. Another petition that’s passed 100,000 signatures – a time-sensitive threshold set by the Obama administration to earn an official response – tells Trump to resign.”