The social network Twitter removes the terms “master,” “slave,” and “blacklist” from its program codes, and will replace them with more “inclusive” words.
“Inclusive language plays a crucial role in creating the environment we are in. On Twitter, the language we used in our codes does not reflect our values as a company and does not represent the people we work. We want to change this,” the social network said in a statement on Twitter.
Thus, the term “blacklist” will be replaced with the “rejection list,” the word “master” will change to “leader,” and the term “slave” will replace “follower.”
This refers to the interaction model in the programming of a single master device or process (in English, it sounds like “master”), which performs unidirectional control of a subordinate (“slave”).
“It’s not just about English terms or codes. Words are also important for our meetings, our conversations, and the documents we create. We know that there is still a lot of work to do, but we are committed to doing what we have to do,” the statement said.
Also, according to the company, words such as “white list,” “health check,” “fictitious value,” as well as pronouns indicating gender identity were banned.