The code hosting portal is the latest in a long line of technology and open source companies trying to voice their support for the BLM movement by removing terms that may be offensive to black community developers.
Terms to be changed include “master" and "slave”And will be replaced by alternatives such as“ main / default / primary ”and“ secondary ”. Note that the terms "blacklist" and "whitelist" will be replaced with the terms "allow list" and "deny / exclude list."
The concern of technology companies is that the continued use of these terms could prolong racial stereotypes.
"Such terminology not only reflects our racist culture, but also serves to strengthen, legitimize and perpetuate it," some academics said in a statement. 2018 publication.
So now on the occasion of his protests Black Lives Matter Across the US, the tech community is once again involved in efforts to remove these terms from source code, software applications, and online services.
Gabriel Csapo, software engineer at LinkedIn, he stated on Twitter this week that it is also in the process of requesting updates from several Microsoft internal libraries to remove any racist phrases.