1. Most countries insist that you be a verifiable citizen of that country in order for your signature to be counted.
2. A petition requires 100,000 signatures to even be considered for parliamentary debate.
3. Amelia Tait in her article for New Statesman, titled Do Online Petitions Actually Work? The Numbers Reveal The Truth stated:
“Using the content analysing tool BuzzSumo, I discovered the top ten most-shared campaigns from petition.parliament.uk within the last year. It seems logical that the most-shared petitions are those with the largest chance of success, and all reached the threshold to be debated by MPs (though four of the ten were actually denied a debate). Despite accumulating millions of signatures and hundreds of thousands of shares, however, not a single one of these campaigns suceeded in obtaining its intended outcome.”
4. Be aware that by adding your name and address or other contact details, these online petitions become the dream tools for advertisers and criminals. Some of these petitions are actually generated BY criminals for the express purpose of gaining that info.
5. By signing a petition, many people believe they have done something about an issue and may, then, fail to involve themselves in action that might be more fruitful in obtaining the results they desire.
However, online petitions can raise awareness to important issues, providing your followers do not understand the above and are not totally fed up with endless, pointless requests filling up their feeds.