A woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube headquarters before killing herself was furious with the company because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, her father said Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Ismail Aghdam told the Bay Area News Group that he warned police his daughter, Nasim Aghdam, might be going to YouTube because she "hated" the company.
"At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others. she was calm and cooperative". A statement from Mountain View Police Department indicates officers approached Aghdam for questioning after matching her license plate to that of a missing person report filed Saturday.
Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student, questioned why Aghdam chose to "live in the US though she didn't like it there".
"She stated she had come to the area to stay with family, and while she was now living out of her vehicle, she was in the process of looking for a job", the statement read.
It was unclear late Tuesday what authorities knew about Aghdam's history with YouTube before she wounded three people with a handgun.
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"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!" she said on her personal website. In one post she says: "Internet crackdown and filtering is increasing in the West".
Nasim's brother, Shahran Aghdam, told reporters from the family's home in Menifee that the family came to California from Iran in 1996.
"So they didn't do anything, and she got killed", her brother said.
At the well-manicured apartment complex in San Diego where Aghdam lived with her grandmother, neighbors described her eccentricities. Her relationship with the tech giant made an ugly turn when YouTube changed its filters, causing some users to lose followers. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families", it said.
Regardless, media outlets are digging for answers on Aghdam. Police said they then contacted her family to let them know she had been found. At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted. A 36-year-old man remains in serious condition.
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He says the family reported her missing Sunday.
In a screenshot of the email uploaded on June 27, 2017, Aghdam rails against "discrimination and hatred problems against me", complaining of a "huge drop in views" after she began uploading videos in Farsi and Turkish.
Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Mountain View said they spoke to Ismail Aghdam twice after contacting the family to report finding his daughter sleeping in her auto early Tuesday.
"There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system", she wrote. "I recently got filtered on instagram too and maybe its related to youtube and youtube staff asked instagram to filter me here too!?"
They said they had reported finding her to her family, and that her father later called back to tell them she was upset with YouTube over its handling of her videos.
He said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. Tuesday telling him they found Nasim sleeping in a vehicle and he warned them she might go to YouTube.
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