Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, authorities in the United States city of San Bruno, California have identified Nasim Aghdam as the shooter at YouTube’s headquarters wounding three individuals before a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting occurred Tuesday with Aghdam, dressed in a white shirt, transversing the light security style campus to an outdoor eating courtyard opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun. The victims included a 36-year-old male listed as critical, a 32-year-old female listed as serious, and a 27-year-old list as fair condition. A fourth person was injured from a non-shooting related incident. All were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.

Aghdamn, according to witnesses, initiated the attack at 12:45 pm PST (1945 UTC). San Bruno Police arrived at YouTube’s headquarters at 12:48 pm PST (1948 UTC) and began searching for the shooter. YouTube employees have said there were upwards of twenty shots fired. Employees began sheltering in placed and made numerous 911 calls within minutes.

In 2009, Aghbam was quoted at US Marine Corps Camp Pendleton during a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protest saying, “For me, animal rights equal human rights.” The small protest was over the use of pigs as training tools for medical preparation.

According to individuals interviewed by KGO News, no one in the facility knew Aghdam. Her personal website mentions that she has many YouTube accounts and noticed a large decrease in viewers and traffic to the videos that she posted online using YouTube. She claims that her work was censored and “suppressed” by YouTube.

She writes: “There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated so that people can hardly see their videos.” According YouTube’s advertising policy smaller channels based on viewership would receive reduced advertising payments. Many of Aghdam’s smaller channels may have been affected by this policy. Investigators have yet to definitively declare Aghdam’s motive.

A number of misleading and fictional reports, referred to as fake news, proliferated the hours following the shooting. In one case, a fraudster took control of a legitimate Twitter account belonging to YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik, who had already made some authentic posts about the event and began adding false posts peppered with homophobic language claiming that someone had gone missing. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey personally participated in efforts to remove this and other false Tweets. Other hoaxes included claims that the shooter was Buzzfeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko or comedian Sam Hyde.