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Animal Rights Activist Nasim Aghdam Identified as YouTube Shooter

Posted on | April 4, 2018 | 1 Comment


Tuesday’s shootings at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno were committed by an animal rights activist apparently angry because she felt the company had censored her videos. On her website, Nasim Aghdam said YouTube “filtered my channels to keep them from getting views.” Her family confirmed that she was angry at the company:

The woman who allegedly shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters in California on Tuesday, before apparently taking her own life with a firearm used in the assault, may have held a grudge against the video-sharing company, according to her family.
Authorities identified the suspect who wounded a man and two women at YouTube’s office complex in San Bruno as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old resident of San Diego.
Police said a motive for the attack has not been identified and no evidence has emerged to suggest the shooter knew the victims or that individuals were specifically targeted.
However, Aghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, said his daughter told her family just a few weeks ago that she was “angry with the company” because she believed it was censoring her YouTube videos and stopped paying her for her content. Ismail Aghdam made the comments in an interview Tuesday night with the Bay Area News Group.

Aghdam’s family tried to warn police she was dangerous:

The night before Nasim Aghdam opened fire in a courtyard at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday afternoon, Mountain View police found the San Diego woman sleeping in her car.
She had been reported missing by her family in Southern California, and her father Ismail Aghdam told police she might be going to YouTube because she “hated” the company. Police called the family at 2 a.m. Tuesday to say she’d been found and that everything was “under control,” her father said.
But hours later, his daughter was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after shooting three people and causing an afternoon of terror at YouTube’s headquarters.

After all that YouTube has done to suppress conservative videos, how ironic is it that an Iranian-American animal-rights activist resorted to terroristic violence against the company?

UPDATE: Reuters adds more details:

The woman approached an outdoor patio and dining courtyard on the campus around lunchtime and began to fire before entering the building, police said. . . .
The website, which media said was linked to the attacker, had several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with screeds against YouTube. Those complaints included claims the company was not sharing enough revenue with people who create videos for the platform.
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to,” read one posting on the site. A YouTube account in the name of Nasime Sabz was deleted in the evening on 3 April. . . .
Last month, YouTube announced it would ban content promoting the sale of guns and gun accessories, as well as videos that teach how to make guns.
Female mass shooters are rare. A recent Washington Post analysis shows only three of 150 US shootings with more than four victims since 1966 were carried out by women.



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