Twitter Amends Internal Language Banning The Use Of ‘Master’ And ‘Slave’
Twitter is addressing its internal language and will drop the terms like “blacklist,” “master” and “slave” in favour of more inclusive ones. These terms are codes frequently used in programming parlance, originating decades ago.
“Master” refers to the main version of a code that controls the “slaves,” or copies in programming parlance. “Blacklist” is also used to describe whatever is automatically denied. Additionally, blacklist is used in referring to forbidden websites or IP addresses.
Twitter’s engineering division tweeted the announcement. The division tweeted the words it wants “to move away from using in favour of more inclusive language”. Twitter will now replace “whitelist” with “allowlist” and “master/slave” with “leader/follower”.
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Inclusive language plays a critical role in fostering an environment where everyone belongs. At Twitter, the language we have been using in our code does not reflect our values as a company or represent the people we serve. We want to change that. #WordsMatter https://t.co/JVO8968B7K
— Twitter Engineering (@TwitterEng) July 2, 2020
Twitter is not alone. JPMorgan recently announced that it is also dropping the coding terms in the face of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against systemic racism and police brutality ripple through the corporate world. The company will now be changing those terms in its technology policies and programming codes.
GitHub, in June 2020 had also announced it was working on dropping the term ‘master’ from its coding language. The firm has some influence because it allows some 50 million developers to store and update their coding projects. Google has also encouraged developers on its Chromium web browser project and the Android operating system to avoid using the terms “blacklist” and “whitelist”.
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