The White House “We the People” petition site — where citizens lobbied for issues such as LGBT rights and the “construction of a Death Star” — was temporarily shut down on Monday.
The Trump administration said the platform, created during the Obama administration, will return in late January as a new site.
A White House official says the move will save taxpayers $1.3 million annually.
The site launched in 2011 and was initially named “We the People.”
Some of the petitions caught on as viral stunts while others addressed more serious concerns.
In 2015, the death of Leelak Alcorn sparked a petition on the site to ban “conversion therapy.” It received more than 120,000 signatures.
The 17-year-old Alcorn left a online note before committing suicide that explained how religious therapists had tried to convert her.
As a response to the petition, President Obama called for an end to “conversion therapy” for gay and transgender teens.
In a statement posted on the site, a senior adviser to Obama said the White House shared the concern about conversion therapy’s “potentially devastating effects” on LGBT youth.
In November 2012, a petition asking the Obama Administration to “begin construction of a Death Star” was met with a less than enthusiastic response.
“The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it,” read the statement from Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
“The Administration does not support blowing up planets. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
The Death Star is a moon-shaped battle station in the science fiction film “Star Wars.”
The official from the Trump administration said that all existing petitions and responses will be restored next year.
Petitions that reach the required 100,000 signatures will begin receiving responses.
Among the recent unanswered petitions that have met the threshold are calls on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns and to place his assets in a blind trust.
These are some of the petitions that have hit the 100,000 signature threshold: