Facebook has been slammed by The Wes Cook Band for preventing the country group from using the social network’s paid tools to promote its song “I Stand for the Flag.”
The Nashville-based group released a video for “I Stand for the Flag” on Facebook Tuesday morning. They planned to promote the video using the paid promotion tools that the social network provides. The request was initially approved and then rejected by Facebook, which cited the video’s “political content,” according to the band.
The song features lyrics such as: “Don’t care if you’re black or white or who you love, I stand for the Flag and the Flag stands for all of us.”
Frontman Wes Cook argues that the song promotes a message of patriotism, not political division, as evidenced by the line “you ain’t gotta pick a side, you can love your fellow man and still have pride.”
“Our song bleeds unity and love of country. It doesn’t see race, color, religion, or political affiliation,” he said, in a statement provided to Fox News. “’I Stand for the Flag’ means I am thankful for the freedoms and opportunities this country gives all citizens, and shows how dependent we all are on each other for the success of our individual American Dream. I believe patriotism is not political.”
Facebook’s handling of ads on its platform has been coming under scrutiny lately. The social network, for example, was recently criticized for mistakenly rejecting ads from businesses such as restaurants and hair salons that were not political.
The Wes Cook Band has opened for the likes of Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Charlie Daniels and Jake Owen. Wes has also played international military tours.
Facebook told Fox News that it is looking into the situation.
Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.
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