Github, a Microsoft owned company that provides hosting for software development, is working on removing coding terms like “master” and “slave.” This is in solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter campaign going around in the United States and around the world.

The term “master” can refer to the main version of a software project off which variations are created in computer programming.

The decision to take these measures came after these terms have faced scrutiny since the movements started a few weeks ago and on Thursday, Github CEO Nat Friedman replied to a tweet from Una Kravets, director of product design at Bustle Digital Group, about the tech community taking steps to rename certain terms — particularly, to switch that of the default branch structure from “master” to “main.”

He replied by saying that it was a great idea and the popular platform was already working on it.

The term ‘master’ has been the default name when creating new repositories and the removal will mean that a user will have the option to choose whichever name they prefer.

The GitHub spokesperson also said that they are releasing guidance and tools for users who may choose to rename their default branch in existing repositories.

Amid global protests in response to the deaths of black civilians like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and others, tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft have voiced the need for racial justice. Technologists are also looking at revising other terms like “whitelist” and “blacklist.” It’s also been suggested that “white hat” and “black hat” be replaced with “ethical” and “unethical.”

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