YouTube Shooter Identified as Nasim Aghdam, Apparent Motive Emerges


The deceased shooter in Tuesday’s attack at YouTube Headquarters in California has been identified as Nasim Aghdam.

We now know Aghdam posted videos online claiming YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content.

Local media initially reported the crime was a domestic incident but she reportedly had no relationship with anyone at the social media company.

NBC Bay Area broke the news: In the video Aghdam says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being filtered by the company, it received fewer views. In a Facebook post from February 2017 Aghdam blasted YouTube saying, “There is not equal growth opportunity on You Tube.”

[…] the license plate on a car towed from YouTube’s campus Tuesday is registered to Aghdam. In 2014, she posted a video on YouTube of what appears to be the same car, stating that it was vandalized by “anti-vegans” because the car had a sign saying “meat is murder.”

Aghdam wrote of YouTube on her website, “Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!”

She also talked about an instructional video for a workout saying, “This video got age-restricted after new, close-minded YouTube employees got control of my farsi YouTube channel last year, 2016, and began filtering my videos to reduce views and suppress and discourage me from making my videos!”

She then quotes Adolf Hitler: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.” […] “There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos.”

[READ MORE: Authorities Issue Updated Press Release On YouTube HQ Shooting]

Just before 1 p.m., an active shooter was reported at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno. Three people sustained gunshot wound (including one who sustained critical injuries); an additional person was injured while fleeing the building.

This is an undated image from the Facebook page of suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam. (KGO-TV)

Police reported that the shooter, Aghdam, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting was a rare example of a mass shooting committed by a woman.

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