YouTube attacker identified as vocal vegan activist who had criticised site

Youtube attacker identified as vocal vegan activist with a grudge

The attacker who shot three people at YouTube’s California HQ yesterday has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, a vegan activist who had criticised the ‘dictatorial’ video sharing platform.

Aghdam, a self-proclaimed animal rights activist, was a prolific content creator and boasted of having filmed the first vegan commercial to be broadcast on Persian television as well as multiple videos hosted on a variety of channels in which she espoused her views on veganism and animal welfare.

She had posted critical videos and messages about the video-sharing site, citing a ‘hidden policy’ of the Alphabet owned platform to ‘promote stupidity’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘suppression of truth’.

Yesterday the 39-year-old shot three members of YouTube's staff at its Silicon Valley offices, all of whom remain in San Francisco General Hospital, before taking her own life.

Chris Dale, a YouTube spokesman, said: "Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube, all of the employees, were victims of this crime. Our hearts go out to all those who suffered."

YouTube has since removed all of Aghdam’s videos in the wake of the shooting although her personal website remains online.

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