Twitter scraps "offensive" terms such as "whitelist," "man hours" in favor of more "inclusive language"

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 3rd, 2020 3:56 pm

Last Updated Jul 5th, 2020 at 10:23 am

Twitter on Friday posted a list of words and phrases that its engineering team will start using in lieu of "non-inclusive" terms the social media giant said it believes do "not reflect our values as a company or represent the people we serve."

"We're starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language," Twitter said.

For example, "whitelist" will be the "allowlist," "man hours" will become "person hours" or "engineer hours," and "blacklist" will be labeled "denylist."

Twitter's new policy will apply to source code, documentation, FAQs, technical design documents, "and more."

The company also said it would be "implementing a browser extension" in order to assist teams with identifying words in documents and web pages and to "suggest alternative inclusive words."

🔦 JPMorgan also announced similar changes, eliminating terms such as "blacklist," "master," and "slave" from its internal technology materials and code, Reuters reported Thursday.


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