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State of Michigan reviewing TikTok policy

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Michigan government cybersecurity experts are reviewing the social media platform TikTok and others for potential threats.

Last week each Republican in Michigan’s congressional delegation signed a letter urging the governor to ban TikTok from state-owned devices, and to delete her account.

They said the popular app owned by a Chinese company can collect personal data from users. And expressed concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could gain access to that data.

The governor’s team is deferring comment on the issue to the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

That agency estimates the state runs over 600 social media accounts. It says there are continual reviews of new online platforms like TikTok.

The federal government and several states either have or are considering similar bans on having the app on government-owned devices.

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