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The country musicians react on Facebook ‘censor’ their song.

The Wes Cook Band says that in a “productive dialogue” with Facebook, after the social network and prevent the group from use of the paid tools to promote their song “I Stand for the Flag.”

After a series of back-and-forth comments made by the band and the social network, the two sides in a joint statement to Facebook thanking the Wes Cook Band to work with them on the issue.

“We have spoken with the Wes Cook band to explain that we made a mistake,” he said, in a joint statement released late Thursday. “We are grateful for their patience as we work to improve our policies.”

“Thanks to the @wescookband for working through this with us,” Facebook added, in a tweet.

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The band is placed from the tech-giant is the statement from the Facebook page late Thursday with his own response.

“Wes Cook Band is very pleased to have entered into a productive dialogue with the Facebook policy and music teams with regard to our video, and our personal concerns about the national importance of political neutrality in the social media. We believe this is an excellent example of two sides communication and finding common ground. In the same way, we hope that the message in our song, “I Stand for the Flag,” will inspire our fellow citizens to strive for productive, open and honest communication, with a focus on the challenging topics of the day. If we open our hearts for our fellow man, together we can create a healthier and more loving society.”

The song has lyrics such as: “Don’t worry 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 claims that the song promotes a message of patriotism, not political division, as shown by the line “you ain’ t must choose a side, you the love of your fellow man and still have pride.”

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The Nashville-based group released a video for the song on Facebook Monday. That they plan to promote it for 24-hour use of the advertising tools that social network. The application was initially approved and then rejected by Facebook, which overtook the videos “political content,” according to the band.

Facebook annulled that decision late Monday, though the band told Fox News that their attempt to renew the ad late Wednesday was also rejected. The situation led to allegations of prejudice against the social network.

The Wes Cook Band was also infuriated by what they described as a lack of communication from Facebook.

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“I was upset by it, more than anything else, just because we are trying to deliver a message of positivity,” he told Fox & Friends Thursday. “We wanted this song to be heard by as many people as possible. We were willing to pay for it, but that wasn’t allowed.”

Facebook in the processing of ads on the platform has been coming under fire lately. The social network, for example, was recently criticized for wrongly refuse ads from companies such as restaurants and hair salons that are not political.

In an effort to provide more transparency and security, Facebook recently introduced an authorisation process in which people involved in the running of advertisements with a political content are required to confirm their identity and location as well as enabling two-factor authentication for account protection.

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Facebook’s algorithm was in the spotlight again this week after the social network tagged is an excerpt of the Declaration of Independence of hatred. The tech giant apologized for the error.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.

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