Nasim Aghdam [photo L-R], had been complaining about supposed discriminatory business practices at YouTube which affected her income
The shooter who left a trail of carnage at the California based headquarters of a social media giant has been described as a ‘disturbed woman.
Nasim Nafaji Aghdam of San Francisco turned a gun on herself at YouTube’s California headquarters after shooting three employees of the tech giant their San Bruno campus on Tuesday.
A day earlier, her father who was aware that she was angry with YouTube, reported her missing after failing to raise her all weekend.
Before her tragic shooting rampage on Tuesday, the 39-year-old aspiring internet star sources say, was dedicated to spreading her extreme vegan lifestyle through both graphic protest images and bizarre parody music videos.
She had also been complaining about supposed discriminatory business practices at YouTube which affected her income.
Investigators have also uncovered a ‘twisted internet history’, with her online pages showcasing a grab bag of modeling photos, vegan recipes and angry tirades about supposed YouTube censorship.
Aghdam’s social media pages show off images of her in flowing dresses and eye-catching jumpsuits as well as close-ups that show off her detailed make-up and jewels.
Aghdam was primarily dedicated to aggressively encouraging a vegan diet, had rather extreme animal rights beliefs to go with her bizarre online presence
As a child she writes: ‘I began thinking about “the source of the meats that we eat” and opted to live as a vegetarian’, according to a translation of her interview with an environmentally focused Iran website, Phce.org.
Several years down the line she embraced a full vegan life style.
She described “omnivorism” as the “worst mental disorder” and “slow suicide,” while veganism would result in “the fall of terrorism.”
Phce.org quotes her as saying: “The human body is not made to attack meat or drink the blood of the animal while looking into its eyes”.
“Instead when a man sees a vine on a tree, he is excited and his saliva flows, then he can easily pick and eat grapes from the tree. When you see a dead animal on the road, would like to split it and eat it with your hands?”
Avid social media poster Nasim Aghdam, [photo], was cross because her revenue was being impacted by what she saw as discriminatory practices and censoring by YouTube
In the months leading up to her deadly attack on the California YouTube headquarters, Aghdam claimed the video-sharing website was censoring and discriminating against her content.
In side by side images, she highlights a dip in her views between January and October 2016 as well as an apparent decrease in her revenue from the site.
She complained that her workout videos were age restricted despite the fact that videos for celebrities like Nicki Minaj were not.
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE, your channel will grow if you are the chosen one,” she wrote on her website. “Your videos will not get views if they don’t want to.”
Ismail Aghdam feared his daughter was en route to the YouTube headquarters when he first realized she was missing earlier this week. She “hated” the company, he told the Mercury News.
The anger was so palpable that the San Francisco resident drove 500 miles to San Bruno to shoot up the tech giant’s northern California headquarters, authorities and her family said.
Her father claims he frantically called police over the weekend that his missing 39-year-old daughter had a bone to pick with the San Bruno-based video company.
This fact was confirmed by authorities as cops said Aghdam was indeed driven by an immense rage against the Silicon Valley behemoth that she felt the need to shoot three people.
“At this point in the investigation, it is believed that the suspect was upset with policies and practices of YouTube,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told reporters Wednesday morning. “This appears to be the motive for this incident.”
The angry woman gained access onto the campus around 12:45 local time through a parking garage. All three people who were shot are expected to survive, and a fourth person injured an ankle trying to escape the mayhem.
Police activity after Nasim Aghdam shot and injured four people at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Cal., on Tuesday afternoon, before killing herself
Investigators said Aghdam’s strict vegan beliefs existed beyond the pages of her website. Aghdam’s social media profiles also include images of her protesting animal testing, the wearing of fur and advocating for animal rights in general.
One picture sees her standing alongside a pair of woman painted bright red, seated close together in a tub. “Scalded alive,” reads her sign, which specifically takes aim at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In other instances she sports animal print jumpsuits, her face at times obscured with plastic masks.
“Stolen skins, perfect for bloody fashion,” another sign reads.
Aghdam also shared a photo of a tire with a nail in it: “My car attacked by anti-vegan animal business supporting animal criminals trying to harm/kill me because of animal rights awakening stickers on my car, America USA!!!”
San Bruno police officers respond to the shooting on YouTube’s San Bruno campus on Apr 3
“The biggest misconception is that people think vegans have less energy and are weak because they only eat plants and have not enough energy,” she said. “This is not true.”
Her pages also feature images of Aghdam in skin tight workout gear, often times flexing with fruit or vegetable in her hands. In one picture the text “Go vegan” is splashed across her bejeweled abs.
She additionally offered vegan recipes and workout routines on her YouTube pages.
Nasim Aghdam loved to post vixen-like photos online
Human killer, Nasim Aghdam, [photo], detested the killing of animals: She described “omnivorism” as the “worst mental disorder” and “slow suicide,” while veganism would result in “the fall of terrorism
On her personal Instagram page, which has since been removed, Aghdam describes herself as an “athlete, artist, comedian, poet, model, actor, singer, director, producer.”
Her feed is rife with images of her in flowing dresses and jumpsuits that were as showy as her make-up and jewels.
In what she calls a “Taylor Swift Parody” video, Aghdam attempts to marry her heated advocacy and her love of comedy and entertainment. The clip, which takes aim at those who eat meat, has little in common with the 2014 “Blank Space” music video it aspires to emulate.
“They’ll tell you I’m insane cause you know I hate meat & you hate change,” she talk-sings in a tune barely reminiscent of the ‘1989’ hit.
Aghdam additionally had a knack for misattributing quotes to the wrong famous figures, including a quote featured on site she wrongfully credits Thomas Edison with: “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” It was said by Thomas Jefferson.