Editorial: For better or worse, Twitter is influential. That comes with responsibilities

One of the world’s most influential social media platforms will soon be under the private ownership of the world’s richest person. What could possibly go wrong? Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter has prompted speculation about how the mercurial electric car mogul might change things. Republicans are giddy about the prospect that Musk might restore “free speech” to the platform — which, of course is conservative code for allowing right-wing disinformation to flourish.