Content creators react to YouTube shooting suspect’s possible motives
As the San Bruno, California police department continues to investigate a motive for Tuesday’s shooting at the YouTube headquarters, online profiles for the suspected shooter — 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Agdham from San Diego — reveal that she held disgruntled views towards the website.
On Aghdam’s website, she criticized YouTube, saying that there is no equal growth opportunity on the website.
“I’m being discriminated. I’m filtered on YouTube, and I’m not the only one. So recently they also attacked my Persian channel Nasime Sabz, and if you go and check my videos you’ll see that my new videos hardly get views, and my old videos that used to get many views, stopped getting views.”
Last February, YouTube changed its monetization policy so that only those with more than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the past 12 months could earn money from their videos.
Since the incident, all of Agdham’s YouTube channels and other social media networks have been removed.
Fil-Am YouTuber and TFC talent Hannah Tolentino, also known as PurpleBanana25, first joined YouTube in 2010.
Since then, she’s reached almost a million subscribers and has accumulated over 130 million views.
She was in the neighboring city of San Mateo when news broke of the shooting, and has experienced the same issues with YouTube’s policies as the shooter.
“I see where she’s coming from, but it doesn’t give her the right to take it to such extremes.”
Hannah says its important for YouTube users to follow the company’s guidelines, especially as more and more people look to online platforms like YouTube as a means of livelihood.
“You work so hard especially for people that really look at YouTube to make money off of, but at the end of the day you really just have to look at the YouTube guidelines and respect it and make sure you’re following all of it so you don’t get demoneitzed, and not waste your time.”
While Google – YouTube’s parent company – issued a statement after the shooting saying that they will provide support for their Google family, Hannah
Says YouTube should also improve its relationship with its own users.
“I feel like they should really just talk to them more and elaborate more on what you can post and what you can’t, so people don’t get any misconceptions.”
YouTube has in the past said it is considering different ways to help creators monetize their videos without ads. Content creators can access an appeal process if they feel their video is unfairly demonetized.