Here’s YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talking about controversial monetization changes on the platform.
Let’s be clear: The shooter who terrorized the San Bruno, Calif., headquarters of YouTube yesterday, identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, was clearly disturbed and her twisted reasons for her acts deserve no consideration. After injuring several employees at the online video giant, Aghdam died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
But it’s important to understand the circumstances that set this troubled woman in motion, even if she could have been just as easily upset by any other thing. That said, numerous reports and posts by her indicate that Aghdam was disgruntled about recent policy changes made by YouTube. Her father said he told police she was angry at the company for being “discriminated and filtered,” as she noted in a video she posted.
What Aghdam was referencing were new rules on the platform. More specifically, earlier this year, YouTube rolled out previously announced changes to its monetization policy that sent shock waves through its massive community of creators. Under new rules, the requirements for its partners in the YouTube Partner Program were raised after criticism mounted about its lack of policing of fringe content on the platform. See full story