- The woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, 38.
The woman went into the YouTube headquarters and shot 3 people before using the same gun to take her own life. The motive was unknown at the time, but has been revealed that Aghdam was angry at YouTube for filtering her videos and reducing the money she could make, according to US media.
The animal activist was a Vegan bodybuilder who used YouTube as a platform to protest. Aghdam visited a gun range hours before she showed up at the headquarters with a legally registered pistol and a grudge, according to police.
“We know that she was upset with YouTube,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said of the motive.”
Barberini said his department is investigating reports that Aghdam’s family, who reported her missing told neighboring Mountain View Police that she hated YouTube and might be found there. The Mountain View Police found the woman sleeping in her car early on Tuesday, and they decided she did not pose a threat.
The San Diego resident was an extremist vegan who on her social media accounts claimed that YouTube was discriminating against her videos.
“Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” Aghdam wrote to her website.
“There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!,” she went on to say.
All of Aghdam’s videos and posts have been removed from social media, but Twitter users posted a Facebook video of her ranting about YouTube:
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Her father, Ismai said his daughter had been reported missing on Monday after not answering calls for two days and he told US media that she was angry because YouTube had stopped paying her for videos.
YouTube “stopped everything and now she has no income,” Ismai told NBC news during a phone interview.