×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

YouTube Shooter Never Entered Building, Google Vows to Increase Security

The woman who injured three before killing herself at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., Tuesday never entered the office building of the streaming service, the company said in an update posted on Twitter late Wednesday. YouTube nevertheless vowed to increase security at its facilities around the world.

The shooter, who has since been identified by authorities as Nasim Aghdam, was able to enter the outside courtyard behind YouTube’s main office via the facility’s parking garage, according to the update. “Within two minutes of our 911 call, San Bruno Police arrived on the scene,” the video service detailed Wednesday.

YouTube is letting employees take time off this week or work from home. “We are also revisiting this incident in detail and will be increasing the security at all of our offices worldwide to make them more secure not only in the near term, but long-term,” the statement reads.

Aghdam had at one point been an avid YouTuber, posting dozens of clips ranging from vegan recipes to workout videos on the site. However, she had more recently posted more content in Farsi and Turkish, and complained on her website that views for her videos had gone down, leading her to accuse YouTube of censorship.

She also took issue with recent changes to YouTube’s partner program, which require users to have at least 1,000 subscribers as well as 4,000 video viewing hours per year to qualify for ad-revenue sharing.

Most of Aghdam’s social-media profiles were taken offline soon after her identity was revealed Tuesday evening, but videos reviewed by Variety included an odd mix of clips labeled as parodies, vegan cooking advice and dance performances, most of which featured Aghdam stoically staring into the camera.

NBC reported Wednesday that a Turkish YouTube star made a supercut of her videos two years ago, calling it “enough nightmare fuel for years.”

More Digital

  • eOne Names Bill Wilson Senior VP

    eOne Names Bill Wilson Senior VP

    Entertainment One (“eOne”) has tapped Bill Wilson as Senior Vice President Digital Operations and Innovation, Music, the company announced today. Wilson will oversee all aspects of digital strategy across the company’s music business, including label service, talent management, music publishing and live entertainment, according to the announcement.  Wilson will be based in New York City and [...]

  • Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Someone Great

    'Someone Great' Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson on Reimagining the Rom-Com

    Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, creator of the MTV series “Sweet/Vicious,” recently made her feature debut with “Someone Great,”  now streaming on Netflix. The film follows three friends as they navigate relationships and work in New York City.  Here, the writer-director opens up on reimagining the rom-com, and women changing the face of Hollywood. The three young [...]

  • Hulu-Logo

    Comcast Mulling Sale of Hulu Stake to Disney (Report)

    Comcast is holding talks with Disney to see if they can hammer out a deal to sell Comcast’s one-third stake in Hulu to the Mouse House — which would give Disney full control over Hulu, CNBC reported. The report comes a little over a week after AT&T sold its 9.5% stake in Hulu to the [...]

  • Cox Cable Testing a Form of

    Cox Cable Testing Gamer Network Service to Reduce Lag

    UPDATED: Cox Cable is testing a new “Elite Gamer Service” that is designed to speed up connections between gamers and games, but which the company says doesn’t prioritize internet use. The service began testing in Arizona this week and Cox tells Variety it plans to run the test for about three weeks. The $15 a [...]

  • Angie-Nwandu-The-Shade-Room

    The Shade Room, a Top Instagram Celebrity and Gossip Publisher, Unveils First Slate of Original Series (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Shade Room, a top Instagram-based media publisher focused on black culture, entertainment and celebrity gossip, is launching three new original series on the social platform. The five-year-old venture, the brainchild of entrepreneur Angelica Nwandu, runs one of the most highly engaged accounts on Instagram: @TheShadeRoom, which has 15.3 million followers (referred to as “Roommates”), [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content