Members of a Nashville band claim Facebook is censoring its newest patriotic music video, claiming it is political in nature.
The Wes Cook Band posted to its Facebook fan page that they tried to promote their latest music video, "I Stand For The Flag" with advertisements on Facebook. However, the band claims it was denied the opportunity to pay to promote the video for the Independence Day holiday. The group said Facebook claimed the video was political in nature.
"Our paid FB ads were denied and our reach thereby censored because this video contains 'political content.' We believe Patriotism is not Political," the band posted to its Facebook page.
"The stars and stripes are so much more than that old piece of cloth on your grandma's porch. It gave us that American dream to be anything that we wanna be." The lyrics of the song go on to say, "I don't matter where you are, from a one-room church to an uptown bar. 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."
"You ain’t gotta pick a side, you can love your fellow man and still have pride."
These claims come as Facebook began taking steps in recent months to better vet political ads on the social media site. Facebook said on its site that it's "committed to protecting legitimate political discussion within our community and fighting foreign interference in elections. That's why we're taking steps to increase Facebook's transparency and security."
NewsChannel 5 has reached out to Facebook about the Wes Cook Band's claims. We will update this story as more information becomes available.