The bizarre online presence of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam

The strange online world of the woman who opened fire in YouTube's headquarters has been revealed.

Nasim Aghdam, 38, shot three people at the building in San Bruno, Northern California, on Tuesday (local time). She then turned the gun on herself.

Aghdam was a YouTuber who ran several channels. Her most popular one, 'Nasime Wonder1', had more than 5000 subscribers and her videos attracted millions of views.

On one Instagram account (she had at least two), the follower count exceeded 50,000.

She also ran her own website, which provides a disturbing insight into Aghdam's life in the lead-up to her attack and suicide. While Aghdam's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts have all been deleted since the attack, the domain nasimesabz.com remains active.

Against a black background, colourful text and lurid images reveal a paranoid mind who bore a grudge against YouTube. She became disillusioned with the video-sharing platform after many of her videos were de-monetised in 2017, in a controversial company move widely known as 'Ad-pocalypse'.

Screenshot from the shooter's personal website.
Screenshot from the shooter's personal website. Photo credit: Nasim Aghdam

Posting screenshots of her YouTube analytics, she wrote that "new close-minded employees" had begun suppressing her content and reducing her viewcount.

"BE AWARE! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics!" reads the website.

"There is no free speech in real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely regulated, so that people can hardly see their videos!"

In the same block of text, she quoted Adolf Hitler.

The website is a mish-mash of wellbeing advice and activism, from the 'vegan food pyramid', to graphic animal abuse photos, to a video entitled 'Health Risks of Anal Sex'.

Aghdam, who was Persian, wrote in English and in Farsi, the official language of Iran.

A devoted animal rights activist, she posted gruesome images and videos of dogs being boiled alive or dogs being skinned. She accused Chinese people of torturing animals to death and eating cats and dogs.

A screenshot of the shooter's personal website.
Screenshot from the shooter's personal website. Photo credit: Nasim Aghdam

She posted a photo, allegedly of her punctured car tyre, accusing "anti-vegan animal business supporting criminals" of targeting her for her activism.

The heavier content was juxtaposed somewhat jarringly with glamour shots of Aghdam posing in evening gowns. In some photos she held rabbits and chickens, while others featured green screen backgrounds of jungles and lions.

Aghdam posted glamorous photos of herself alongside images of animals.
Aghdam posted glamorous photos of herself alongside images of animals. Photo credit: Nasim Aghdam

The website paints a sad picture of Aghdam as someone who had a message and was outraged by what she perceived as an effort to prevent her from sharing it.

The website prominently featured included a quote from Albert Einstein, displayed as a bright red banner.

"[The] world is a dangerous place to live, not because of evil people but because of people who do nothing about it."

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