YouTube Shooter Posted Bizarre Videos, Manifesto Before Rampage

A woman who shot and wounded three people on Tuesday before killing herself at YouTube's northern California headquarters posted bizarre videos on the popular video site.

The shooter, 39, of Iranian descent, also posted an online manifesto in which she blasted YouTube for filtering her site, which she claimed meant she could make no money from her videos.

“Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics!” she wrote. “They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything.”

In one post, she claimed that a video that drew 300,000 views netted her only 10 cents. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site,” she wrote. “Your channel will grow if they want to!”

She also protested in 2009 at Camp Pendleton, where Marines were using pigs in training for treatment of battlefield wounds, the Los Angeles Times reported. "For me animal rights equals human rights. Just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean we should take advantage of them.”

"In a video that [she] posted back in January 2017, she vented about her content being censored. She also said that her YouTube channel, which had more than 5,000 subscribers, used to get many views but claimed she started getting less when the company 'filtered' her videos," the Daily Mail reported.

Her YouTube channels and social media pages "were all removed in the hours after the shooting." The Mail said her father said "she had told family members that YouTube had stopped paying her for content she posted on the site. YouTube video creators can earn money from advertisements, but for various reasons the firm sometimes 'de-monetizes' channels meaning clips don't run with adverts."


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