The West Cook band told Fox News on Tuesday that Facebook censored their patriotic music video due to 'political content.' (Image source: YouTube screencap)
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The Wes Cook band was stifled by Facebook on Monday, while trying to promote their new song entitled, "I Stand for the Flag."
After releasing a video for the ballad, Facebook initially approved the band's application to use paid promotional tools. But then, the social media giant revoked the request citing "political content."
Okay, let's see it
As shown above, the censorship of the video has been confusing to many, given the song's lyrics encouraging community amongst all Americans.
"Don't care if you're black or white, or who you love," part of the chorus goes, "I stand for the flag, and the flag stands for all of us."
In one verse, lead singer Wes Cook continues, "I stand for showing kindness, treating everyone with love. Be proud of who you are, don't forget where you came from."
Cook said in a statement to Fox News, "Our song bleeds unity and love of country. It doesn't see race, color, religion, or political affiliation. 'I Stand for the Flag' means I am thankful for the freedoms and opportunities this country gives all citizens, and show how dependent we all are on each other for the success of our American Dream. I believe patriotism is not political."
Seriously? What's the problem?
Facebook replied: our bad. By late Tuesday, a spokesperson for the company said, "We recently announced anyone running ads about political or other major national issues must include a 'paid for' label. After looking again, we determined that this ad doesn't need the label.
"While this is a new policy, and while we won't ever be perfect, we think knowing who is behind an ad is important, and we'll continue to work on improving as we roll it out."
Reportedly, Facebook is investigating the incident, as they've scrambled in recent months to find best policies in regard to privacy, paid advertisements, and political content amid universal ridicule.
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