is an Internet petition
service owned and trademarked by Artifice, Inc. that allows users to create and sign petitions. When enough signatures on a petition are collected, the creator of the petition can send it towards its intended target, usually by e-mail
. According to the site itself, as of April 3
, it has collected more than 66 million signatures and "thousands and thousands" of active petitions. A large number of hosted petitions are political in nature, but petitions come in eight categories: Politics and Government (including categories for USA, state, local, and international), Entertainment and Media, Environment, Religion, and Technology & Business.
In the news
Some of its petitions have received outside attention for the issues they have stood for. The site has claimed that its first official response to a hosted petition was from the "Dissatisfied Web TV
Consumer Petition", in which Dennis Reno, senior director of Web TV
customer service, responded to the claims of low-quality service. In January 2002, CNN
wrote a formal apology to the National Association of Muslim Women, which posted the "Petition to Correct the Negative Portrayal of Muslim Women in CNN Program Coverage" on the PetitionOnline site in December 2001, over perceived offensive comments made by Leon Harris
during the TalkBack Live
program. Later that year, the New York Post
promoted a PetitionOnline-hosted petition asking the ABC
television network to keep country singer Toby Keith
in its 2002 Independence Day
special over the controversy regarding Keith's song "The Angry American"
In 2004, the petition "iBook Logic Board Failure" was part of the coverage over a threatened lawsuit against Apple Computer over defective iBook laptops. In 2005, the petition "Support for Nathan Warmack's Right to Wear his Kilt" received attention for the issue of the mentioned high school student's right to wear a kilt to a school dance in Jackson High School in Jackson, Missouri. In 2007, the petition "Filipino Americans demand for apology from ABC and Desperate Housewives" was noted during coverage of the Desperate Housewives Filipino joke controversy.
Other claims of success through hosted online petitions include the introduction of Sci-Fi Channel Australia and the stopping of the possible closure of the San Francisco Japantown.
Some of the petitions hosted on the site have cause the credibility of the site to be questioned. One petition, titled "Let's Save America - Ban Anime
Now!" is an example of a hoax petition that was easily uploaded on PetitionOnline, intended to demonstrate the unmonitored oversight of petitions on the site. There are also numerous petitions that aim to stop online petitioning.