Details surrounding the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon have emerged. Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego, has been identified as the shooter who injured several people at YouTube’s main campus before killing herself. The San Bruno Police Department revealed her identity while media outlets discovered Aghdam’s background and a possible motive.
Aghdam owned multiple YouTube channels in addition to profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram. Much of her content involved animal rights and veganism, according to BuzzFeed News.
She stated in her videos that she felt her videos were discriminated against and filtered by YouTube, ultimately leading to what Aghdam believed was a reduction in revenue for her channel.
When demonetization concerns continued growing, Aghdam took to YouTube to criticize the video streaming service. She proclaimed that YouTube was filtering out her videos to bring down viewership and thus revenue. YouTube has since removed her videos and channels.
Her social media accounts are also being examined by law enforcement, but they have not confirmed a motive. Police found no evidence that Aghdam had any connection to the victims or targeted any particular individuals at YouTube.
The shooter’s father, Ismail, told police his daughter was missing for several days when officers in Mountain View located her hours before the shooting. He expressed concern that she might be on her way to YouTube’s headquarters due to hatred for the Google-owned service. In Mountain View, the police department did confirm interacting with Agham after finding her asleep in a vehicle. She answered all questions, and Aghdam’s father was notified.
What happened between then and the shooting remains unknown. The investigation is ongoing, so expect additional information to surface in the days and weeks ahead.