it turns out, Tuesday's shooting at YouTube headquarters (which
has so far resulted in zero deaths other than that of the shooter,
who committed suicide) had nothing to do with domestic violence
and everything to do with blowback to YouTube's demonetization
efforts - as many initially feared.
shooter was identified as Nasim Aghdam who slammed YouTube for
purportedly censoring her after she claimed that they demonetized
her channels, including an exercise one devoted to exercise videos
and another devoted to veganism. Aghdam channeled her anger toward
YouTube into a paranoid manifesto published online. She wrote in
her purported manifesto: "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!"
identified herself as an Iranian activist as well as an animal
rights activist. Shortly after she was identified, photos of her
holding signs with anti-YouTube messages were found online and
with her now-deleted Instagram...
now-deleted YouTube page bore anti-YouTube messages.
recently published a video ranting about her treatment by YouTube,
complaining that they'd deprived her of views. She said the
practice was tantamount to censorship. She also maintained a
website that remained
livelate Tuesday evening. It lists five channels for Aghdam.
Can YouTube really both both the Jewish "Thought Police" of the
Schumer-ites and a "public service"?
driving that point home, she published a video debating whether
the US or Iran did more to protect freedom of speech.
page she created had more than 1,600
followers according to a cached version from archive.org. The
Facebook page contains a trove of videos. They range in subject
matter from lighthearted and comical to recipes for helping people
eat vegan, as well as her exercise videos.
to initial reports, ABC said
Aghdam wasn't in a relationship with anyone at the facility (so
much for those initial suspicions).
did not have an ID badge, and was carrying a purse. Aghdam was
apparently a prolific maker of YouTube videos, maintaining several
accounts for videos of different subjects.