Tuesday afternoon the identity of the woman who shot up YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California was revealed to be 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam. But just who was she and what motivated her to commit a mass shooting that targeted YouTube? Here is everything we know about the YouTube shooter so far.
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39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam was a Persian YouTuber who considered herself an animal rights activist and a "female vegan bodybuilder promoting healthy and humane living." Aghdam was born in Iran and from an early age, she refused to eat meat or wear animal fur leading her to become a "humanitarian" who is concerned about animal welfare.
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Aghdam even ran her own website which was dedicated to topics such as animal rights issues and veganism. Along with music videos by Michael Jackson and interviews with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Aghdam had numerous videos depicting animal cruelty such as being skinned or buried alive. Among her many bizarre social media posts were videos depicting the health risks of anal sex and photos of her holding various animals like a chicken and a rabbit.
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Dozens of photos from her social media accounts show Aghdam was an avid activist who often attended protests against animal cruelty. She didn't gain any real attention until April 3, 2018, when she drove to the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California and shot three people before turning her handgun on herself.
Aghdam created her primary YouTube channel on September 19, 2010, where she gained over 1.5 million total views and had over 4,500 subscribers. In her channel's "About" section, Aghdam said she was the first to produce a Persian TV commercial and music video. Her music video was titled "Do You Dare" and featured themes centralized around animal rights activism and veganism.
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She also owned a second YouTube channel where she posted content in Turkish. Aghdam's second channel had over 2.3 million views and over 10,000 subscribers. In 2016, Aghdam began noticing many of her videos had been demonetized by YouTube. She even wrote a short manifesto in response to the demonetization and her content frequently featured rants about being censored by YouTube.
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April 3, 2018, Aghdam approached an outdoor patio and dining area at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California and opened fire with a handgun. Nobody at the facility knew who she was since she did not have an ID badge but was carrying a purse. Aghdam got about 30 to 40 shots off before she turned the gun on herself taking her own life.
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According to law enforcement, Aghdam was wearing dark clothing and a headscarf during the shooting. The motivation for her attack seems to be tied to her many YouTube accounts which have seen a decline in viewership over the last several months.
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For some people YouTube, Twitter or Facebook is their main - and perhaps only - means of communicating their values, opinions and beliefs to the world. When this is cut off, demonitized, censored or stifled it is a major personal crisis. I'm not surprised that a few of them would act out violently. After all, something very precious has been taken from them for reasons they cannot accept. Think about it.
If she was opposed to anal sex, even for medical and health reasons, this would arouse the ire of many Gay men. It's not hard to imagine that they would have complained vociferously to Google. This is but another example where disrespect for a diversity of opinion, campaigns to censor or destroy dissident voices can have a backlash. When her means of expression was suppressed it was like a dagger to the heart – as it it to others who have experienced this on Google, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. For some people this is an insult to their ego that they cannot tolerate without retaliation and this appears to be one of them. I'm surprised there aren't more of them. Google needs to rethink some of their policies in order to avoid further tragedies.
Goog needs a good competitor like DuckDuckGo to snatch enough interest that it gets crushed under its massiveness. Utube has its days numbered with pulling monetization, censorship, ect. As other platforms grow and start. I hope we all get to see free markets do their thing cause without the people they cannot survive. Just hope the gov doesn't start subsidizing them bc they are to great to fail, if we know commiefornia they will try.
Checking NON-USA MEDIA I found her clips on her niche channel covered vegan issues, animal rights, Persian culture (PC for Iranian Islamic) and fitness.
So do we have a 1st ever for:
A vegan, animal rights, Islamic Terrorist attack?
BTW: Here is a Website she also used.
Example of her postings:
BE AWARE! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for
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!
>Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for 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!
Well, she's not wrong, and Youtube did have it coming for their bullshit censorship and demonetization. :^) Maybe now they'll take a little more care before deleting people's accounts and videos? Of course not, they don't give a shit about anything, not even their own people's well-being as long as they hold power over public opinion.