The White House has dropped an executive order from the Trump White House that aimed to ban the social media apps TikTok and WeChat amid concerns about national security risks.
The Associated Press reports that instead of banning the Chinese social media giants, a new executive order with require the Commerce Department to undertake an analysis of “evidence-based” transactions involving Chinese apps to see whether the Chinese military or intelligence units are collecting users’ personal data.
The Commerce Department will simultaneously be charged with finding ways to protect Americans’ genetic and personal health information from the Chinese.
The previous Trump administration had tried to outright ban the social media app TikTok amid growing concern that China had access to Americans’ personal data. (Story continues below video.)
The former President had attempted to ban the app unless it agreed to be run by a U.S. based company. Larry Ellison at Oracle and Walmart were expected to buy large stakes in the company in an effort to ensure U.S. data would be better protected.