Everything you want to know about the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters
YouTube HQ shooter was angry at YouTube as it stopped monetizing her videos says her father
A young YouTuber walked straight into YouTube’s headquarters in California and began firing at employees. Her dramatic entrance and shooting left three people injured with gunshot wounds. The lady shooter was found dead at the shooting site. Many conspiracy theories are making rounds over the Internet about the YouTube shooters motives.
It seems that the shooter was angry at Google and YouTube in particular for stopping monetizing her videos. The shooter was a regular YouTuber but was hit hard by the recent Google update which stopped monetizing videos of users who didn’t have a certain amount of subscribers.
How did it happen?
Around lunchtime on Tuesday, April 3rd, the lady shooter whose name is Nasim Najafi Aghdam, entered the YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California and started spraying bullets at the YouTube employees. The staff immediately called 911 while some of the others tweeted about the shooting, including Vadim Lavrusik, who gave an eyewitness account of the shooting.
Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018
The San Bruno police immediately deployed its posse after receiving the 911 call and began evacuating the YouTube employees. The authorities found that YouTube staff had already moved the 3 injured people to á hospital nearby. Out of the three, two are said to be in critical condition while one is listed as stable. A fourth person was treated for a twisted ankle, possibly sustained while escaping the building.
The police also found the perpetrator of the ghastly crime, Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego who apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Why did Nasim Aghdam shoot at YouTube employees?
Immediately after the news broke many conspiracy theories including terrorist attack theories began making rounds over the Internet. One theory suggested that the shooter went on the shooting spree to take revenge against her boyfriend.
The San Bruno police however, said they had no evidence that the shooter knew any of her victims or was targeting a specific person.
Nasim’s father today clarified that she had a long-running grudge against YouTube and was especially angry with it for stopping monetizing her videos. Her father Ismail Aghdam had reported her missing the night before the shooting and told police that she might be headed to YouTube, a company she “hated.” Ismail Aghdam told The Mercury News that his daughter had complained to the family about YouTube “censoring” and demonetizing her videos.
Her brother Shahran Aghdam also agreed with his father and told CNN that “she was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life.” He told CNN that he had warned the authorities his sister might “do something” at the company headquarters, after hearing that she’d driven to Mountain View and discovering that YouTube’s campus was located there.
Nasim was an avid YouTuber who videos about veganism and animal rights. After recent policy change, Google AdSense had stopped monetizing videos of hundreds of YouTubers who didn’t meet Google criteria. Nasim was particularly hit with this policy change and claimed that YouTube was deliberately filtering and demonetizing her work to stop it from getting views.
“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 on a personal website. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want [it] to!!!!!”