I don't know if they really do squash data, but I can potentially see the point. Stats are numbers and numbers in a vacuum can be deceiving or can lead people to believe something is happening when it isn't, or is happening for more complex reasons than the statistics suggest. So I can see some censoring happening in those cases because then it gives the paranoid of both sides ammunition to amplify their negative rants. Few statistics are going to be used to say "things are going great, no worries here!". Not saying it is right, just saying that they might be trying to take the napalm out of forumsider hands, if they do anything at all with the posts.