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YouTube Shooter 'Nasim Aghdam' Reportedly Had Website With Manifesto That Targeted YouTube For Censorship, Demonetization (abc7news.com) 722

The woman who entered the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, this morning and started shooting has been identified as Nasim Aghdam. According to ABC7 News, "the YouTube shooter was a user of the platform" and had "a website with an alleged manifesto that targeted YouTube for censorship and demonetization of her video content. According to her website, a possible motivation for the shooting could have been tied to her many YouTube accounts, which she says have seen a decline in viewership over the past few months."
Here is a timeline of events from our original post:

Police have responded to multiple 911 calls at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. From a report: Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at the company, tweeted that there is an active shooter on campus. The San Bruno Police Department instructed people to stay away from 901 Cherry Avenue, where the company is located. Multiple 911 calls have been received from inside the building, according to a report from local news station KRON. In a Twitter thread, YouTube product manager Todd Sherman said that employees first thought there had been an earthquake. People began running out of their meetings, he said, but before reaching the exit, they got word that someone had a gun. Sherman said he saw blood on the floor and the stairs. He also said the shooter may have committed suicide. Vadim Lavrusik, who works at YouTube's products team, tweeted, "Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers."

Update 20:30GMT: Google has issued the following statement, "we are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available." San Bruno Police said it was "responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive."

Update 20:40 GMT: CBS San Francisco reports: KPIX 5 reporter Andria Borba said at least two Homeland Security units were responding. Police radio transmissions describe casualties being taken to local hospitals. San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said the hospital received patients from the incident but could not confirm a number.

Update 21:20 GMT: ABC News is reporting that the suspected shooter is a white adult female, and that this is "leaning towards a workplace violence situation."

Update 21:30 GMT: Law enforcement has confirmed that the shooter was a white female dressed in a headscarf. The woman reportedly shot her boyfriend then herself. It's unclear exactly how many people have been injured, but early reports estimate at least 9-10 victims. There is no word on their conditions.

Update 03:10 GMT: ABC7 News is reporting that the shooter has been identified as Nasim Aghdam. She reportedly had a website with an alleged manifesto that targeted YouTube for censorship and demonetization of her video content. Contrary to previous reports, she is said to have no relationship with anyone in the YouTube facility.

UPDATE 03:40 GMT: Aghdam's website can be found here.

Update 04:15 GMT: The shooter is believed to have known at least one of the victims, two law enforcement officials told CNN. Other sources suggest the shooter drove up from San Diego. YouTube says her YouTube channel "has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations."
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YouTube Shooter 'Nasim Aghdam' Reportedly Had Website With Manifesto That Targeted YouTube For Censorship, Demonetization

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  • by h33t l4x0r ( 4107715 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @11:46PM (#56377593)
    Otherwise she wouldn't have been able to take out the shooter.
    • Otherwise she wouldn't have been able to take out the shooter.

      What? hey........ oh shit! You just won the internet for the whole freakin month!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's also a good thing that California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation in order to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

  • by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @11:50PM (#56377611)
    I'm not going to try to lump this person into any particular group or ideology, but after reading some of the quotes from her manifesto, she doesn't come off as a mentally stable individual.

    I don't know if her channels have been deleted or if people have made copies of her videos, but one thing that may be fascinating about this particular case is that the suspect has likely created an extensive number of videos over the past several years that will probably give investigators a pretty accurate view into her thought process. Hopefully that will prove helpful in identifying other individuals who appear to be expressing at risk behavior and that we'll be able to figure out what can be done to treat whatever it is that's wrong with them.
    • by Camel Pilot ( 78781 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @12:08AM (#56377713) Homepage Journal

      I'm not going to try to lump this person into any particular group or ideology,

      I will.. From watching 30 seconds of her video she was clearly in the batshit crazy group.

    • by Kohath ( 38547 )

      Animal rights activists don't seem to lead happy, well-adjusted lives, do they? Most other "activists" seem to have similar life issues, but not quite as bad as the animal rights crowd.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      >she doesn't come off as a mentally stable individual
      why? Can you even describe your perception?

      >Hopefully that will prove helpful in identifying other individuals who appear to be expressing at risk behavior and that we'll be able to figure out what can be done to treat whatever it is that's wrong with them.
      Yeah hopefully this will provide some traction for freedoms to be curtailed further so we can force weird people into "treatment" just in case they decide to cash in their social contract in a way

    • I'm not going to try to lump this person into any particular group or ideology, .

      Why not?

      If this was Fred, the white nationalist, we'd have no hand wringing and puzzling over motive or head scratching at all ...

  • by Camel Pilot ( 78781 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @12:02AM (#56377679) Homepage Journal

    Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the skull, listening to the inner discourse of a Vegan Animal Rights Activist buying a gun? Talk about incoherence.

    • by mentil ( 1748130 )

      For self-defense against vengeance-seeking genetically-modified super-plants.

      • by mishehu ( 712452 )
        Meh, I'm an omnivore, and I'm holding out until our spaceships can make it to Beta Librae I... Not to eat them, but we'll need them in our alliance...
  • by Luckyo ( 1726890 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @12:12AM (#56377727)

    Look through her website. It's linked in the OP. It's worth a few minutes of your time if you're interested in this case, before it gets nuked. Many youtube videos linked through it already are.

    She's some kind of a hardcore vegan activist of Iranian origin. Has separate youtube channels for Turkish, Iranian and English audiences. Claims persecution from everyone from youtube to "anti-vegan animal business supporting criminals trying to harm me/kill me" (with picture of what look to be a nail stuck in a car's tyre, with tyre remaining inflated).

    Huge message in the middle of the page on yellow background states the following:

    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!
    "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!!!!!

    Not what I would call the most stable individual in the world. Shame, she's actually quite a good looking woman, with no religious head covering at all in the pictures that are still up. Linking her to islamism based on just the headscarf is likely not an accurate description. Hardcore vegans on the other hand are well known for violently attacking anyone who opposes their views. Just ask the folks working in laboratories that conduct animal testing.

    • Good looking woman? You only saw stills. Watch a video, you'd flee.

      24 beers, maybe more. 'Useless to her' levels of drunk.

    • 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!
      "Make the

  • CNN is still reporting it was the result of a lovers triangle lol

  • Her website (Score:4, Funny)

    by Whatsisname ( 891214 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @12:58AM (#56377925) Homepage

    Looks like what I'd expect if the Timecube author took up veganism.

    • Her website ... Looks like what I'd expect if the Timecube author took up veganism.

      Well, a lot of vegan recipes call for cubed tofu, tomatoes, and squash. It's all in the cubes.

  • by DNS-and-BIND ( 461968 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @04:48AM (#56378595) Homepage

    Four hits, no kills, only herself. She's bad at this. Remember the Bernie supporter who opened fire on a baseball field full of Republicans? 50 shots fired, 5 hits, no kills.

    Remember when some terrorists killed everyone at the Draw Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas? [archive.is] That's OK, the Texans don't remember that either. The terrorists were shot and killed outside the event. They were wearing body armor, too. They were killed by head shots.

  • by Qbertino ( 265505 ) <moiraNO@SPAMmodparlor.com> on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @07:48AM (#56379195)

    Her website screems "underf*cked & emotionally neglected avergage frustrated chump with a gun" only that this time the chump is a woman. Good to know that diversity is moving in on that territory aswell.

    I hope no victim dies from the attack, AFAICT one victim still is critical.

  • by Cederic ( 9623 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2018 @08:11AM (#56379321) Journal

    Technically shooting Youtube employees isn't a violation of their Terms of Service.

    Must've been something she had in the videos..

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