Of course. All that is necessary for this tradeoff to become relevant is that a symbol is hard to keep around and is *rarely* used. Then, retaining the symbol costs the maintainers: removing it and bumping the soname breaks *every* user; removing it without bumping the soname costs only those rare things that actually use that symbol.
It is, as I keep saying, an engineering tradeoff, not a matter of religious absolutism. If you view it through absolutist lenses you will come to the wrong conclusions.