Female Youtube HQ shooter identified
The woman who shot three people at YouTube HQ in Northern California has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam. The woman, who took her own life after the shooting, was found at the scene having appeared to have killed herself with a handgun according to San Bruno Police Chief, Ed Barberini.
Authorities are investigating a website that appears to show the same woman accusing YouTube of restricting her videos, according to the LA Times. Aghdam’s, who according to reports had a prolific presence on YouTube, complained of grievances against YouTube which appeared to be centered around censorship and revenue. According to a video she published which has been republished by various users online she states, “I am being discriminated and filtered on YouTube,” continuing to say that “there is not equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”
While the investigation is ongoing and evidence suggests that Aghdam did not know the victims or individuals specifically, an interview with her father, Ismail Aghdam, said his daughter told her family just a few weeks ago that she was “angry” with YouTube because she thought it was censoring her videos. He went on to say that he warned police that she “hated” the company and expressed concern about how she might be travelling to the company’s headquarters.
On her website, NasimeSabz.com, (which appears to be unreachable as of this writing), she had several posts about Persian culture and veganism mixed with rants against YouTube. “There is no free speech in real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system,” she wrote in one post according to the Telegraph. Requests for comment from YouTube’s parent company, Google, have not been returned and the San Bruno Police Department did not immediately reply to a question from USA TODAY seeking clarification about her father’s claimed warnings to police leading up to the incident.
Aghdam’s social media accounts on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram were suspended hours after the shooting as well. Aghdam’s father told the Bay Area News Group that his daughter had shown no previous signs of being inclined to violence.
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