iFixit's Galaxy Fold Teardown Disappears After Samsung Request

By Holly Brockwell on at

The situation with the Samsung Galaxy Fold was already bad, but Samsung seems to be actively making it worse.

iFixit, who recently posted a detailed and fascinating article about all the reasons the Galaxy Fold's design invited screen failures, has taken said post down – apparently at Samsung's request.

The company posted the following statement on its blog:

"After two days of intense public interest, iFixit has removed our teardown of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. That analysis supported our suspicions that the device provided insufficient protection from debris damaging the screen.

We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.

Our team appreciated the chance to look inside this  ambitious device. All new products face challenges—this one perhaps more than most. We’re grateful to have shared a glimpse of how Samsung’s engineers addressed some of those challenges, and we look forward to sharing more as soon as possible."

Is Samsung unaware of the Streisand Effect, whereby trying to stop people seeing something will lead to a load more people seeing it? Because that's exactly what they've caused. Requesting the completely reasonable and evidenced teardown article be removed looks a lot like a cover-up, and that never goes down well.

As Macrumors rightly points out, the entire article is still available on the Wayback Machine, because the internet never forgets. Again, Samsung should have known this, and has no doubt caused loads more people to access the archived post to see what they were trying to hide.

It's entirely possible Samsung had a perfectly good reason for asking for the post to be taken down – like iFixit's partner having agreed not to show the device to anyone else, and breaking that agreement.

Or, as The Verge speculates, maybe Samsung just didn't appreciate having all the phone's design flaws exposed for the world to see – but they should have thought of that before sending a review device to media.

What a bizarre start to the age of folding phones.