Apple Deleting Mentions of Consumer Reports’ Negative iPhone 4 Review on its Support Forums

Since when did Apple get in the Thought Police business? What happened to this company? Paull Miller writes on EndGadget:
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In case Apple has somehow managed to perfect the art of selective disremembrance across a wide population, here’s a refresher: Consumer Reports has thrown down the gauntlet, stating that it “can’t recommend” the iPhone 4 until the antenna issues are fixed, issues that its labs and ours have verified quite substantially. Apple apparently isn’t happy about that, and has taken to deleting threads about the Consumer Reports article from its support forums.

Now, Apple deleting threads from its support forums is nothing new; outside of “regular” moderation, the company routinely deletes discussion of hardware flaws that it’s not ready to ‘fess up to, or just generally negative lines of thought about its products. Good thing the internet’s a big place, and if Apple’s not going to admit the antenna issue, there are plenty of ways to gripe about it. Feel free to express yourself in the comments below, for instance!

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  • http://www.thelazyalcoholic.com/ sebastian

    They've been making shitty overpriced products for YEARS. Apple is one of the greatest marketing triumphs of all time.

    • Adaugeo

      Seriously. The one good thing they had over Microsoft was that their stuff worked. It was always a shame that they were more proprietary in the hardware and software, but now that it doesn't work as well as other applications and people are still killing themselves to get a bite of an Apple is a true testiment to the power of marketing.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      So you'd think they'd protect their investment instead of repeatedly tarnishing their image by displaying the same oppressive corporate culture they were supposedly founded to oppose.

  • A_break_in_the_pattern

    ok i have an iphone 4 and its fine ive held it all the ways you can think of and its still fine.could it be other companys tryinfg a smear campaign ?ha h a

  • Cerebralcaustic

    >Since when did Apple get in the Thought Police business?

    This analogy's a little overstated. In Orwell's Ninteen Eighty Four, the Thought Police were agents of a totalitarian government. In contrast, Apple is a publicly-traded corporation that's apparently decided to censor information *on their own website*. My opinion is that Apple makes themselves look bad by deleting negative reviews of their products … but my opinion is also that they have the right to do so, and that consumers have the right to a) gripe about it elsewhere, and b) spend their money elsewhere.

    Vote with your wallets, people: it can be more powerful than casting ballots in the voting booth.

  • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

    So you’d think they’d protect their investment instead of repeatedly tarnishing their image by displaying the same oppressive corporate culture they were supposedly founded to oppose.

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