Microsoft's GitHub is removing coding terms like 'master' and 'slave'
"It's a great idea and we are already working on this," said GitHub's CEO.
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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."
"It's a great idea and we are already working on this," Friedman tweeted.
In an email, a GitHub spokesperson confirmed that the site is changing the default branch name for new repositories away from "master," and making it easier for users to choose their own default branch name for all new repositories created. They also said they are releasing guidance and tools for users who may choose to rename their default branch in existing repositories.
GitHub's Twitter page posted that it stands with the black community and the fight against racism. In response, comments flooded in, demanding that the company terminate its contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency's actions of splitting up immigrant families at the US-Mexico border was widely condemned by tech companies. In June 2018, nearly 100 Github coders penned a letter to
saying they would leave the company unless the contract was dropped.
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