Amid the resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, Github CEO Nat Friedman announced that the Microsoft-owned company will replace the term ‘master’ with a neutral term like ‘main’ in an effort to remove references to slavery. The brand used the word ‘master’ to denote the main branch of a repository. Friedman announced the changes in a Twitter reply to Google Chrome developer Una Kravets, stating: "If it prevents even a single black person from feeling more isolated in the tech community, feels like a no-brainer to me."
Other software brands, like Google's Chromium web browser project and Android operating system, have also encouraged developers to avoid using racist terms such as "blacklist" and "whitelist" for directories of things that are banned or accepted.
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