Woman Accused of Shooting 3 at YouTube Had Complained About Company

Her personal website included graphic photos of slaughtered animals and pleas not to wear fur jackets or have sex outside of marriage. But more recently, she focused on what she perceived as discrimination by YouTube and Google.

She complained on her website that “new close-minded youtube employees” had “filtered my channels” starting in 2016, causing the number of views on her videos to decrease. She posted a screenshot of her YouTube page showing that one video had received 366,591 views but that she would receive an estimated $0.10 in advertising revenue from it.

“My revenue for 300,000 is $0.10?????” she wrote.

In February 2017, she criticized YouTube in a video on Facebook for restricting one of her workout videos to older audiences. “This is what they are doing to weekend activists and many other people who try to promote healthy, humane and smart living — people like me are not good for big business, like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses. That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us,” she said in the video.


Nasim Aghdam in an undated photograph

San Bruno Police Department, via Associated Press

By Tuesday night, YouTube, as well as Instagram and Facebook, had taken down her pages and videos. Ed Barberini, the chief of the San Bruno Police Department, said Wednesday that investigators were aware of Ms. Aghdam’s criticism of YouTube and Google.

“We are learning that Ms. Aghdam had a problem with the policies or practices that YouTube had employed,” Chief Barberini said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Obviously, she was upset.”

While Ms. Aghdam appeared to have a long-running grudge against the company, the Police Department said that it did not appear that she knew any of the three shooting victims.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital received a man, 36, in critical condition; a woman, 32, in serious condition; and a woman, 27, in fair condition, a hospital spokesman, Brent Andrew, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

A fourth person had injuries that weren’t from a gunshot, the police said. They scheduled the next news conference for Wednesday morning.

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