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Nasim Najafi Aghdam
Police have identified Nasim Najafi Aghdam as the YouTube headquarters shooter. These photos are from her website. (

Police in San Bruno, Calif., home to YouTube’s headquarters, have identified the shooter who attacked the campus Tuesday as Nasim Najafi Aghdam.

Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident, had several YouTube channels, a Facebook page, and personal website first spotted by BuzzFeed News. She injured four people before turning the gun on herself, according to a statement from the San Bruno Police Department.

Aghdam’s website advocates for veganism and is critical of animal cruelty. It is also critical of YouTube, which Aghdam claimed “filtered my channels to keep them from getting views,” on the homepage.

Earlier this year, YouTube announced changes to its monetization policy, which allows creators to make money based on the number of views their videos get. YouTube recently raised the bar for monetization and began cracking down on videos flagged as inappropriate after criticism for hosting offensive content.

YouTube removed Aghdam’s channels from its platform after police identified her as a shooter. Prior to that, Aghdam claimed that YouTube had flagged some of her videos as inappropriate on her website.

But as Recode’s Kara Swisher notes, “Aghdam, was clearly disturbed and her twisted reasons for her acts deserve no consideration,” despite her apparent frustrations with YouTube.

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