YouTube HQ shooter Nasim Aghdam was upset with company policies: 10 updates

YouTube employees recounted dramatic scenes as they fled the headquarters of the Google-owned video sharing service near San Francisco

Police officers and crime scene tape are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, US

A woman opened fire at the suburban Northern California campus of Google’s YouTube, wounding three and sending panicked employees fleeing from their offices before taking her own life. | Today’s Paper

San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said three gunshot victims, and a fourth person hurt running from the attack, were transported Tuesday afternoon to local hospitals. The woman found at the scene appeared to be dead of “a self-inflicted” gunshot wound, he said. While no motive was given for the shooting, two law enforcement sources told the Associated Press that the incident was being investigated as a domestic dispute. Media including NBC’s local affiliate and Kron4, citing anonymous sources, identified the shooter as southern California resident Nasim Aghdam.

Violence on this scale is rare on the modern, sprawling grounds of Silicon Valley’s technology companies, and it may result in a re-evaluation of the security at the open campus atmospheres they tend to favor. Rates of workplace violence have declined since 1994, according to the U. S. Justice Department. Just 4 percent of homicides at work in 2010 occurred in the professional and business-services sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The shooting shattered what had been a quiet, sunny day with many people outside for lunch. Workers at the headquarters of the video-sharing website said they heard gunshots and what sounded like banging and people running outside. Immediately, the Twitter feeds of employees began mentioning an active shooting on campus. Police said they first received emergency phone calls at 12:46 p.m. local time and the incident appeared to have started at a patio on the campus.

Here are the top 10 developments around the YouTube headquarters shooting where the assailant committed suicide after injuring several people:
1. Woman who allegedly carried out YouTube shooting is identified by police
The person who allegedly shot at least three people at YouTube’s campus on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, according to senior law enforcement officials. The woman, who was 39 years old, is believed to have carried out the attack because of a domestic dispute, officials said. The authorities said terrorism did not appear to be a motive at this time.

The shooter used a 9 mm handgun.
Aghdam, who authorities say last lived in the San Diego area, had previously claimed in a video that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content, according to NBC Bay Area.
Police chief Ed Barberini of San Bruno city, 19 km from San Francisco, said the suspect, a female shooter, appeared to have shot herself after injuring multiple people at the campus of the YouTube facility.

2. YouTube shooter criticized company’s Video Policy: The woman who police say went on a shooting rampage at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday was a video creator who criticized the company for policies she claimed limited her audience, according to media reports.

Police in San Bruno, California, identified the suspect as Nasim Aghdam, according to news organizations including The Los Angeles Times, which cited an unidentified law enforcement source.

The local NBC news affiliate linked her to a website and YouTube channels that criticized the Google video unit. “YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” the website reads. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site.”

3. Google issues statement on the shooting: Google, the parent company of YouTube, issued a statement, saying that “We continue to actively coordinate with local authorities and hospitals. Our security team has been working closely with authorities to evacuate the buildings and ensure the safety of employees in the area”.

4. 4 injured in the YouTube shooting: “We have a 32-year-old female who is in a serious condition, a 27-year-old female in a fair condition, and a 36-year-old male in a critical condition,” KPIX 5 TV quoted Brent Andrew, spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, as saying.

The shooting took place in an outdoor cafe at the YouTube campus in San Bruno in the US, which houses at least 1,700 employees.

5. US President’s thoughts with those aggrieved: US President Donald Trump said, “our thoughts are with everybody involved”. In a tweet, Trump said he had been briefed on the shooting at the YouTube headquarters.
“Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved,” he tweeted.

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YouTube Go app launched in India for spotty internet signals

A beta version of the app has been released in the Google Play Store in India


Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it would roll out a mobile YouTube application designed for India, boosting the search company’s presence in a burgeoning market with spotty Internet access.

Since the fall, Google has been conducting extensive tests in India of YouTube Go, which allows users to save videos to watch offline and monitor their data use.

A beta version of the app has been released in the Google Play Store in India, and will be released in other emerging markets later, company executives said in an interview.

Analysts have been forecasting a surge in video consumption in India since Reliance Jio, the telecom unit of Reliance Industries Ltd, upended the industry last year with cheap data plans that have prodded rivals to lower prices.

Silicon Valley has long regarded India, with its population of 1.3 billion people and poor connectivity, as a prime place to test products for emerging markets.

YouTube executives said they sought to build a product for Indian users from the ground up rather than releasing a slimmed-down version of their primary app.

“As we talked to people in the market, they didn’t want something that felt like a stripped down version of YouTube – they wanted the full experience,” said John Harding, vice president of engineering at YouTube.

Due to the frustration of trying to load video at slow Internet speeds, the YouTube team had contemplated showing users a series of images from a video with the audio, like a slideshow. But Indian consumers reacted poorly to the feature.

The final design helps users discover videos that trending in their region while minimising data usage. Users can preview videos before watching to ensure that is what they want.

While Reliance Jio’s entry has boosted video consumption in India, analyst Neil Shah of Counterpoint Technology Market Research questioned whether YouTube Go would remain popular as cheap data plans become more prevalent.

“The only future I see for YouTube Go is for feature phones or basic phones,” he wrote in an email.

But with 180 million mobile users in India and mobile watch time climbing 400 per cent year over year, YouTube has strong momentum in India, Jay Akkad, a product lead at YouTube, said. (readmore…)