because she was crazy doesn’t mean she was totally wrong.
woman who shot and wounded three people before shooting herself to death
in Tuesday’s attack on YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California,
was apparently furious that the video-sharing website had arbitrarily
blacklisted her videos to keep them from getting wide distribution.
shooter in Wednesday’s attack has been identified as Nasim Najafi
Aghdam, a 39-year-old vegan activist from San Diego who believed
YouTube had cut into her viewers by relegating her videos to
“age-restricted” status, according to Ars Technica.
her now-deleted website, Aghdam wrote that the age restriction on
an exercise video she maintained was not sexual in nature amounted to
suppression of unpopular views.
is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for
telling the truth that is not supported by the system,” she wrote,
according to Ars Technica. “Videos of targeted users are filtered
& merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!
is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing
site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!”
another video, she called YouTube “close-minded.”
again that nothing justifies the kind of attack like the one Aghdam
carried out on Tuesday, her complaints about arbitrary content
decisions being made by social media giants have already been backed
up by a former Twitter employee who didn’t know he was being recorded.
an expose released by video provocateur James O’Keefe’s Project
Veritas in January, a man identified as former Twitter engineer
Abhinov Vadrevu explained how it works.
strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control,” he said,
according to Project Veritas.
idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know
they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their
content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their
content, when in reality, no one is seeing it.”
obviously, has political ramifications — especially when the targets
of the “shadow ban” are almost always conservatives.
one of the Project Veritas interviews, a man identified as Mo Norai, a
former content review agent for Twitter, laid out why that was.
lot of unwritten rules, and being that we’re in San Francisco, we’re
in California, very liberal, a very blue state,” Norai said. “You
had to be … I mean as a company you can’t really say it because it
would make you look bad, but behind closed doors are lots of rules.”
was, I would say … Twitter was probably about 90 percent anti-Trump,
maybe 99 percent anti-Trump.”