Nasim Najafi Aghdam (39) open fired at the YouTube’s San Bruno office, leading to the injury of 3 of its employees. Aghdam, a resident of San Diego killed herself later. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. San Bruno police clarified that the injured employees were not targeted for personal gains by the shooter. President Donald Trump offered his “thoughts” and “prayers” to the victims of the incident.
Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Aghdam is suspected to have entered the dining area of San Bruno’s YouTube campus, near San Francisco at lunchtime and then opened fire with a handgun. She had a YouTube channel and was unhappy with the organization for filtering her content and restricting views to her channel. Ed Barberini, San Bruno Police Chief said the shooter was found dead after the police arrived at the crime scene. Aghdam’s YouTube channel, Facebook, and Instagram accounts have been deleted. Several YouTube employees were live tweeting on the shooting.
We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake. https://t.co/gmolQmRXm1
— Todd Sherman (@tdd) April 3, 2018
Chris Dale, YouTube spokesman appreciated the swift police action and said “today it feels like the entire community of YouTube and all of the employees were victims of this crime. Our hearts go out to those who suffered in this particular attack.”
San Bruno police identified the shooter as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a Californian resident of Iranian descent. In an interview, Aghdam’s father said that she “hated” YouTube and he suspected her to be at YouTube office when she went missing. Aghdam had been actively expressing her displeasure with YouTube at various instance through her posts. In a post, she wrote, “there is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!” She accused the organization of restricting views to her channel by saying “YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!”
Aghdam was a creative YouTuber and had created several videos in English, Turkish and Farsi according to BuzzFeed and NBC. Her content was about vegan recipes, videos of animal abuse and her workout regimes. Her father said she was upset over the censorship exercised on her channel by Youtube, leading to reduced earnings. She was very vocal about her angst against the platform and accused it of treating her unfairly. Her website which is up and running, read:
BE AWARE! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care about personal short-term profits & do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism & sexual degeneration in the name of freedom,….. & turning people into programmed robots! “Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it” Adolf Hitler… 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! There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!