Nasim Aghdam may have been Bahai, or at least admired some aspects of the Bahai faith (although she seems to have missed its nonviolent teachings); at the bottom of this page she has a photo of herself over which are superimposed quotes from Bahai sources. That page also makes her animus against YouTube clear, as you can see from the screenshot of that page below the video. YouTube was apparently deleting and demonetizing some of her videos, and she was angry. Her response to YouTube’s action was one she imbibed from a culture that glorifies hatred and violence — and persecutes Bahais.
So this is not a jihad attack, but it appears to be a result of growing up in an environment that celebrates violence as a response to perceived injustice. YouTube censorship is a reality. Conservatives complain about it, but don’t kill anyone over it.
Here is a photo [right] she uploaded to her now-deleted Instagram page, albeit apparently with satirical intent (thanks to Mark):
“Suspect in YouTube Shooting Posted Rants About the Company Online,” by Michael Bott, Kevin Nious, Bethney Bonilla and Liz Wagner, NBC News, April 3, 2018 :
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has confirmed the identity of the shooter who opened fire on YouTube’s campus in San Bruno Tuesday. Her name is Nasim Aghdam, and she lives in Southern California.
Aghdam has a robust presence on YouTube. In a video posted in January 2017, she says YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video Aghdam says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being filtered by the company, it received fewer views. In a Facebook post from February 2017, Aghdam blasted YouTube saying, “There is not equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has also learned the license plate on a car towed from YouTube’s campus Tuesday is registered to Aghdam. In 2014, she posted a video on YouTube of what appears to be the same car, stating that it was vandalized by “anti-vegans” because the car had a sign saying “meat is murder.”
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.