Apple is replacing racial words like master, blacklist, whitelist in a push for inclusive language

Apple will now be using 'deny list' in place of blacklist, 'allow list' for whitelist, and 'main branch' for master branch.


Apple has decided to get rid of terms with racial overtones like master branch or blacklist. The Cupertino-based tech giant is working to replace non-inclusive language across its developer ecosystem. Such words will be removed from Xcode, platform APIs, documentation and open source projects.

Describing the changes on its developer website, the company said, “These changes began on 22 June with the beta software and developer documentation released at WWDC20 moving to terms such as allow list and deny list, and main as the default SCM branch in Xcode 12.”

Representational image: Pixabay

Representational image: Pixabay

The efforts to banish racial words from technical language has been going on for years, but it gained momentum in the wake of the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minnesota in May by police.

Apple says it will be using 'deny list' in place of blacklist, 'allow list' for whitelist, and 'main branch' for master branch.

Apple first rolled out changes with initial iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 beta software. It reported that the updated terminology has been added to the Apple Style Guide.

Apple is not the only tech company that is replacing racial words. Twitter, Microsoft, JPMorgan have been working since January to remove commonplace programming language like master and slave.


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