Youtube HQ Shooting


Eddie Nguyen, News Editor

Youtube has become the most popular video sharing website all across the globe. The company was founded on February 14th, 2005 and has since become a platform that is widely used. Many people have posted their videos in the past and are now famous. These people, or youtubers, were able to make a living off of youtube and have expressed how grateful they are for it. However, this is not how Nasim Najafi Aghdam felt towards the Youtube system, who went to Youtube HQ and shot three people on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Prior to the shooting, Aghdam was reported missing by her family several days earlier. It wasn’t until Monday night that police officers found her sleeping in her car in Mountain View, California. They were eventually able to identify her missing report but saw that she did not present any sort of threat.

“Throughout our entire interaction with her, she was calm and cooperative,” the Mountain View police statement said. “At the conclusion of our interaction with her, she in no way met any reason for us to speak with her further or possibly detain her.”

Tuesday morning, Aghdam traveled to a local gun range purchasing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. She arrived at Youtube HQ mid afternoon, entering one of the courtyards where employees were eating their lunch. It was there that she opened fire injuring three employees before turning the gun on herself and taking her own life.

Unfortunately, Youtube has recently been talked about in a more negative sense because of recent demonetizations and view suppression. It is because of this that many youtubers now are losing a lot of money from the content they produce.

According to the Washington Post, Aghdam is a youtuber who made videos on the topics of veganism, animal rights, and healthy lifestyles. It was seen in several of her videos that she had complained about Youtube, stating that the company was discriminating against her and her videos.

The chief of the San Bruno Police Department also announced that they officially declared that the motive behind all this was that Aghdam was upset with Youtube’s policies and practices. The night of the incident, both Youtube and Facebook took down Aghdamn’s pages and videos.