Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

YouTube shooting spotlights creators' frustrations with monetization policy changes

YouTube shooting spotlights creators' frustrations with monetization policy changes

Police who found Aghdam sleeping in her auto early Tuesday in the city of Mountain View about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from YouTube headquarters said she was calm and said nothing about being angry with YouTube or having any plans to harm others or herself.

She bought a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol January 2 at The Gun Range, a gun store and firing range about 22 miles from the San Diego home she shared with her grandmother.

Police confirmed Tuesday that a woman believed to be a shooter opened fire at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, wounding at least four people before apparently killing herself.

Aghdam, who would have turned 39 this week, went to The Gun Range, a store 22 miles from her grandmother's home in San Diego, to buy the weapon after YouTube announced changes to its creator policies which would restrict how she made money. "I wish we could look into someone's soul".

"It's not like she stood out", he said.

A statement from YouTube on Wednesday said the company would increase security at all its offices.


Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday searched two homes where Nasim Aghdam had lived - one in Menifee, which is southeast of Los Angeles, and another in 4S Ranch, north of San Diego. Mountain View police spotted her vehicle at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning parked in a Walmart parking lot, Aghdam asleep inside.

Authorities and family members say she was angry about the policies and practices of the company.

"YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" she wrote previous year, according to NBC Bay Area.

Eleven hours after the interaction, Aghdam opened fire at the company's headquarters.

Based on a variety of weirdness on YouTube video sharing platform, one can't conclude that an aggressive psychopath is behind one, but reviewing Nasime's videos it is beyond any doubt that she was deranged.

Still, she seemed to be a conflicted woman living in two worlds, the Iran of her childhood where she would attract numerous social media followers, and the United States where she became disillusioned over what she perceived as the hypocrisy of American ideals. Nasim Aghdam had no criminal record.


On Monday, he called police to report his daughter missing after she did not answer the phone for two days and told officers that she might go to YouTube, he said.

The most seriously wounded victim, a 36-year-old man initially classified by hospital officials as critical, had his condition upgraded to fair on Thursday.

Officers discovered one victim with a gunshot wound when they arrived and then found the shooter with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound several minutes later, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.

She then fatally shot herself.

Originally built in the late 1990s for the clothing retailer Gap, the campus south of San Francisco is known for its sloped green roof of native grasses.

Just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, officers patrolling the community of Mountain View, a suburban town that serves as the headquarters of search giant Google and software firm Symantec, spotted Aghdam's auto in a parking lot not far from a Whole Foods and 24 Hour Fitness. They did not know she had a gun.


She explained she'd left home due to family problems and remained calm throughout the conversation, Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel said.

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