Is Meta's decision to bring back Trump dangerous or overdue?

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Meta is reinstating former President Donald Trump's accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a two-year ban. The social media company suspended Trump's access after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack by a mob of his supporters trying to reverse his election loss. Meta had said the suspension was necessary to avoid inciting more violence. Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs, said the company had decided to reinstate Trump's account because the public has a right to hear what politicians have to say, "the good, the bad and the ugly." Meta said if Trump violates its rules again, he could face another suspension of one month to two years.

Trump responded to the news with a post on his own social media platform, Truth Social, slamming the decision to ban him in the first place. "FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since 'deplatforming' your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account," he wrote. "Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution!" Trump critics argued that the former president is still pushing the "Big Lie" — that the 2020 election was stolen from him — so he continues to pose a threat to democracy. Is Meta's decision dangerous or overdue? And what could it mean for the 2024 election?

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