Posted on April 4, 2018 by staff

YouTube shooter ‘complained her videos were restricted’


A woman who complained online that YouTube deliberately restricted her videos is reported to have been behind a shooting at the tech giant’s California headquarters.

Three people were wounded in the handgun attack at an outdoor dining area on the San Bruno campus where nearly 2,000 people are employed by YouTube.

The perpetrator was identified by local media as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam from San Diego, although that is yet to be confirmed by the police. Police said the shooter shot herself dead following the attack.

One victim, a 36-year-old man, is in critical condition while a 32-year-old woman was described as being in a serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in a fair condition. All three victims were shot, according to police, who added that they are all awake at San Francisco General Hospital and have not undergone surgery.

Aghdam’s website promotes several YouTube channels in English, Turkish and Farsi, which all now seem to have been removed. It focuses on Persian culture and veganism while also railing against YouTube.

On its homepage, she seemed to criticise YouTube for filtering her channels to reduce her viewing figures and also for only paying her 10 cents ad revenue for 366,000 views.

“There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system,” she wrote.

“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!!!!!”

Referring to one video – since removed – she wrote: “This video got age restricted after new close-minded youtube employees, got control of my farsi youtube channel last year 2016 & began filtering my videos to reduce views & suppress & discaurage me from making videos!”

Last year Google overhauled its age restriction rules which resulted in a swathe of videos being made ineligible for adverts, meaning they could not generate revenue.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tweeted that “our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family”.

YouTube product manager Todd Sherman, who was in a meeting at the time, tweeted that he at first thought it was an earthquake as the “floor started rumbling” and they heard people running.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of YouTube’s parent company Google, said: “I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted his support for “our friends at YouTube” and joined Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in commenting on gun control.