A Reddit thread claimed that Apple was removing negative reviews of the new LG 5K display from the online Apple store. A slew of news sites jumped on the story. Turns out, Apple had not enabled reviews on these displays until today.
Hence, the claim on Reddit that Apple removed negative user
reviews cannot be entirely true. For confirmation, and this is
what we should have done before publishing, we looked in the
Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which showed that from the
time the LG UltraFine 5K Display page was first crawled on 5
November 2016 until now, there have never been any user
reviews. In addition, we confirmed that other products in the
Apple Store with user reviews do show those reviews in the Wayback
Machine, so it’s not just an anomaly with the Apple Store site.
In other words, we should never have published that ExtraBITS
link. We regret both the error and calling into question behavior
on Apple’s part that never took place. It’s important that readers
be able to trust that we can back up any criticisms that we make,
and while we were certainly not alone among news outlets in
publicizing that Reddit thread, we should have checked more
carefully before believing it.