GitHub abandons ‘master’ and ‘slave’ terms to avoid row

The world’s biggest site for software developers is abandoning decades-old coding terms to remove references to slavery, such as master and slave.

GitHub Chief Executive Nat Friedman said the firm is working on changing the term “master” – for the main version of code – to a neutral term.

The firm, owned by Microsoft, is used by 50 million developers to store and update its coding projects.

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