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Apple will let Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives, back onto the App Store after Parler made attempts to improve its speech detection and moderation.

What's happening: Parler is getting access to Apple's massive App Store again after being suspended for inadequate hate speech policies following the January 6 Capitol riot, according to a letter Apple sent to Congress Monday.

Why it matters: Getting back on the App Store is a major win for conservatives and Parler, who had accused Apple of silencing them.

  • On Wednesday, Apple will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about competition in app stores.

What they're saying: Apple's letter tells Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) that Parler proposed updates to its content moderation practices, and Apple told Parler on April 14 its changes were enough to get back on the App Store.

  • "Huge win for free speech," Buck tweeted.

Flashback: Parler was kicked off of Amazon Web Services around the same time it was kicked off the App Store, and is now suing Amazon for allegedly restricting its access to the market.

  • Former Parler CEO John Matze was terminated by the company's board in February after fights about the site's policies.

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Dollars flow to live audio as moderation problems loom

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

The social audio craze that exploded during pandemic-driven lockdowns looks like it is here to stay, thanks to big investments from Silicon Valley.

Driving the news: Clubhouse said Sunday it closed a new Series C funding, valuing the buzzy live audio app at $4 billion, sources tell Axios. That's an astonishing number for an app that's still in beta and has no revenue.

Pelosi's Republican playbook

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As Republicans fight among themselves, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing the myriad ways she deals with the GOP herself.

Between the lines: We've seen Pelosi cut opponents off at the knees, like she did with President Trump, or pretend to forget their names, as she did to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Now she's feeding oppo research against her House counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), so others can use the same harsh rhetoric to frame the Republicans as the party of dysfunction.

Exclusive: Houston mayor to lead Black mayors group

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during a private funeral for George Floyd. Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez/Pool/Getty Images

The mayor of the city where George Floyd was raised is taking over a group that represents 500 Black mayors in the U.S. amid national pressure to revamp police departments.

Why it matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the new president of the African American Mayors Association as municipalities across the country examine police reforms and deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic.