Thursday, April 05, 2018

YouTube gets some pushback for its censorship

Regrettable that users have so little recourse against YouTube high-handedness that someone was pushed to this extent

Nasim Aghdam, 39, of Southern California, was identified by US media as the woman who approached the Silicon Valley campus around lunchtime on Tuesday and began to fire before entering the building of the Google-owned video sharing service.

One man and two women were shot in the incident before the female shooter apparently committed suicide.

Aghdam was angry at YouTube because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, her father told the Bay Area News Group .

People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, but the company "de-monetizes" some channels for reasons including inappropriate material or having fewer than 1,000 subscribers.

YouTube had "stopped everything," and "she was angry," Ismail Aghdam told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from his San Diego home.

Sources told NBC that Aghdam appeared to have a YouTube channel and had posted videos criticising the video-sharing service for censorship.

According to the broadcaster, she says in a video posted in January 2017 that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video, Aghdam reportedly says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being “filtered” by the company, it received far fewer views.

Aghdam was also a prominent animal rights protester. She was quoted in a 2009 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training.

"For me, animal rights equal human rights," Aghdam told the Union-Tribune at the time.



Anonymous said...

I have never looked at YouTube !

Anonymous said...

The woman was seriously unstable long before she went on her rampage and obviously couldn't see the irony of campaigning for animal rights then killing people.