Facebook has become a toxic force in the United States of America.
The biggest social media site in the world was caught red-handed earlier this year selling their user’s data to multiple companies and they’ve also had to promise to cut down on the fake news epidemic.
And now Facebook just banned a country music song for the most insane reason ever.
Facebook is desperate to reinvent themselves due to the multiple scandals they’ve faced this year that forced CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress. You may have seen the commercials that apologize to all the users, urging that they’ll do better to keep you safe.
What they mean by “safe” is they’ll protect you from conservative ideology because they believe it’s “dangerous.”
Now Facebook has received backlash for banning The Wes Cook Band’s country song, “I Stand for the Flag,” despite the band paying for the advertising tools provided by Facebook to legally promote the song.
The country music band was understandably outraged by the social media giant’s decision, and the reason they gave will make your head spin.
Facebook had the audacity to deny the song because of its “political content.”
Yes, you read that right. Facebook believes that a song about American patriotism and standing for the flag is politically charged – in a negative way.
The title “I Stand for the Flag” is probably a reference to the NFL’s anthem-kneelers, but it is in no way derogative to any of the players, in any manner whatsoever.
The song contains lyrics like, “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.”
Another line says, “You ain’t gotta pick a side. You can love your fellow man and still have pride.”
The video also features a diverse group of Americans – multi-racial and of all ages – who are proudly waving our flag.
You can watch the video here:
See? There is absolutely nothing divisive about the song and it makes no reference to the NFL’s anthem-kneeling problem.
When asked by Fox News about how he felt that Facebook refused his song, Wes Cook said, “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 shows how dependent we all are on each other for the success of our individual American Dream. I believe patriotism is not political.”
If you click on the YouTube video of the song, you’ll see in the comments that there was immense backlash that demanded an immediate response from Facebook.
Facebook finally had to put out a statement that read, “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 that 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.”
You’re well aware that they did this because of the outrage, right?
Otherwise they wouldn’t have even bothered. If it wasn’t for Fox News’ influence on making the people aware that this country band’s song had been banned, this probably would’ve been swept under the rug.
The irony is that by halting their promoted song, Facebook inadvertently made The Wes Cook Band even more famous.