After hours of false reports on the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters earlier today, the truth has finally come out. A 38-year-old vegan activist (seriously) named Nasim Aghdam has been identified as the shooter by authorities.
According to witnesses, Aghdam walked onto YouTube’s outdoor campus carrying nothing but her purse. She later opened fire with a handgun of unknown caliber, injuring three YouTube employees before turning the weapon on herself and ending her own life. Contrary to earlier statements, she did not have any connections to the company or staff, and the shooting was not, as earlier reported by authorities, the result of “domestic violence.”
After reviewing Aghdam’s personal website, it became clear that she was a YouTuber, angry over losing ad revenue and viewership on the platform due to YouTube’s updated policies on monetization in February. She made several posts and videos ranting about being censored by YouTube, and believed her car had been vandalized by so-called “anti-vegan radicals.” Her father, Ismail Aghdam, had contacted San Diego authorities after posts he viewed as “disturbing” led him to believe she might act out on her anger toward YouTube in response to what she believed was a targeted campaign of censorship by the video-sharing site.
According to Aghdam’s father, his daughter had been angrily venting to the family that YouTube had stopped payments to her for her video content in February, reported the Bay Area News Group. He said the family had called police to report Aghdam missing on Monday after she didn’t answer her cellphone for two days. He further added that he had told police that he believed she might go to YouTube because she “hated” the company. Heeding Mr. Aghdam’s warning, police located Nasim Aghdam sleeping in her car in Mountain View, CA, early Tuesday morning, and have not released details on why she was not detained, or if the vehicle was searched for weapons.
Based on her posts on the site, many of which are in Farsi, and her videos, it seems that Aghdam was beyond disgruntled over the recent changes to YouTube’s platform. She wrote on her website:
Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!
She goes on to quote a statement on propaganda by Adolf Hitler, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”
Aghdam’s posts vary from English to Farsi, leading investigators to believe she is Iranian and likely a Muslim – some reports claim she is an Iranian Jew (oy vey) -however, she is not reported to have any ties to ISIS or any other terrorist groups. Details on her citizenship status have not been released as of the time of this report. Aghdam’s YouTube channels and social media accounts have all been deleted or deactivated as of this evening. YouTube was unavailable to comment on hitting their female shooter quota, but an employee who chose to remain anonymous stated that Aghdam had “shot through their glass ceiling.”
An Iranian female vegan activist. I cannot wait to see the mental gymnastics the left uses to explain this one.
*Update: Aghdam’s parents are Iranian and the shooting is not being investigated as an act of terrorism, sources close to the case reported to CBS Los Angeles. Aghdam also appears to have maintained at least two Instagram accounts, on which she made frequent references to Iran and the Azeri ethnic group that resides primarily in Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan.
A post on the website of the “Interfaith Vegan Alliance” refers to her by the name Nasime Sabz, and claims she is an adherent of the Baha’i faith, which is persecuted in Iran, seeming to claim she once ran a “TV show on Persian Satellite.”