As a public figure, for many years I have had a private Facebook account under a pseudonymous name. I use that account for family members and close friends — personal photos and the like. I DO NOT use it for the public. For many years, that pseudonym was ‘Byron Kane’. When people started to figure that out, I changed it to ‘Joe Kerr’ which is what it has been for the last few years.

Yesterday, somebody reported that account to Facebook as a fake name. When I attempted to log in to Facebook, my account was suspended. A less-than-helpful Facebook employee named Jesse informed me I would have to change my name to Brian Keene, or prove that Joe Kerr was my real name. I went through the process of explaining my situation, and pointing out that countless other public figures — authors, musicians, comedians, actors, politicians, law enforcement officers. etc. — engage in the same thing I am doing. Jesse then asked me to rat them out, which I declined.

I opted not to adhere to the new restrictions for several reasons, but the main one is that I don’t need the random whackos in my life (the same ones any public figure has to deal with) having any sort of access — even limited — to my friends and family members who are not public figures. “Oh, well Brian, you can lock this down and you can change this setting”. Yeah. yeah. you can. But people can still find shit. And if you don’t think they can, then you haven’t stood in our shoes. If it was as easy as “Oh, well you can lock this down and you can change this setting” then every public figure would be doing that.

I escalated to Jesse’s supervisor. By evening, I’d had no response. Facebook likes to claim that they are our partner. Well, if so, then they are a poor partner, so I’ve taken my engagement elsewhere. I’ve always been far more active on Twitter and YouTube anyway. Now I will be doubly so.

While there are still public Brian Keene and The Horror Show with Brian Keene Facebook Pages, you should understand that they are no longer run by me. I turned them over to authorized administrators who can act and post on my behalf. So, if you normally got your info from me on Facebook, that will not be the case any longer. I urge you to instead get back into the habit of checking this website daily, or subscribing to my newsletter, or following me on Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram.

Thank you for understanding.

— Brian Keene

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      1. that’s how I prefer to follow you … gave up on Facebook a while ago … too much BS … glad you were able to leave and, while there, protect your friends and family. that’s very important as people know no boundaries and are freakin’ whacko!

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