Police have revealed that the shooter behind yesterday’s attack on the Youtube headquarters was Nasim Aghdam, aged 39, although they have yet to reveal a motive. They have also stated there is no evidence whatsoever that Nasim knew anyone she attacked.
However, many media outlets have picked up on Nasim’s large social media presence which had spent the last year or so largely targeting Youtube for demonetising her videos.
The 39-year-old had a number of channels and a website where she was described as a rapper, artist, and vegan bodybuilder. Her videos showed her performing and also covered a variety of topics, including animal cruelty.
JUST IN: Two law enforcement sources say authorities have preliminarily identified the YouTube shooter as Nasim Aghdam, a woman with previous addresses in the Southern California cities of Riverside and San Diego. https://t.co/vmWDgKsXJc— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2018
At the start of 2017 she began to post videos targeting Youtube:
“Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos.”
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it,” she said in one post referencing Hitler.
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube or any other video sharing site. Your channel will grow if they want [it] to!”
On Monday Nasim was found by police sleeping in her car just 15 miles south of the headquarters after she had gone missing for two days. Her father was asked to come pick her up and he told police she was at risk of going to the building because she hated the company so much. This was not long before the actual shooting itself.
The shooting has left three hospitalised with one man, aged 36, in critical condition. The two other gunshot victims are women aged 32 and 27.
Meanwhile all of Nasim’s videos have been taken down, but online users have found copies and posted them to Twitter which you can watch below. In the videos Nasim rails against Youtube for destroying her ability to earn a living, and for creating a system that makes it impossible for fringe channels to succeed.
YouTube Shooting Suspect Nasim Aghdam uploaded this video to her Facebook account - criticizing the company for age-restricting, filtering and demonetizing her videos. pic.twitter.com/3mwuFl5vnE— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) April 4, 2018
Youtube has been heavily criticised for relying on algorithms to demonetise videos that they suspect are inappropriate for children. The result has been that many channels see all of their content incorrectly labelled as adult-only and demonetised. The appeal process takes days, but still often results in thousands of dollars’ worth of lost revenue.
It is believed that Nasim shot herself after storming the social media giants’ headquarters, although police have yet to reveal actual firm details.