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Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman who the police say attacked the YouTube headquarters on Tuesday before killing herself, created and posted videos that show her to be a passionate animal rights activist and vegan. But they also reveal her anger toward the video internet giant.
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The youtube shooter,. nasim aghdam,. was widely known on . iranian social media. as nasim sabz, which . means β€œgreen nasim,”. because of her advocacy for . animal rights, healthy living. and veganism. her specific style of videos. made her relatively. famous among iran’s growing. youtube and instagram influencers. for instance, one showing. a rabbit where she explains. the differences. between vegetarianism. and being vegan. in another video, . she explains the benefits. of eating a papaya. one of her most. well-known videos here. is one where she’s. wearing a revealing purple dress. don’t believe what. you see, is a message. appearing in the video screen. β€œi’m being discriminated,. and filtered on youtube,. and i’m not the only one. ”. β€œand if you go and. check my videos,. you see that my. new videos hardly get views. ”. she also criticizes youtube,. and makes a physical protest,. a year ago, by going on the. streets, posting what she claims. to be a picture of herself. holding up a sign saying,. β€œyoutube dictatorship. ”. and then there is a video that. gives more insight, if you will,. into the life of ms. aghdam. she had fled her native. iran decades ago. in that video, she explains. that even though. she was a member of. the baha'i faith,. which is a persecuted. faith in iran,. she doesn’t really like. life in the united states. and she literally says: . in iran they kill you by axe. but in the united states . they kill you with cotton,. an iranian expression. for saying that she is. dying a slow death. in the united states. she was also repeatedly being. teased online for her comments. many iranian users. in social media. would ridicule her, would. tell her that she’s crazy. and in one video she. actually explains. that she's doing very well,. and that it's actually the people. who are making those comments. who are mentally ill. she also criticizes instagram,. by saying that her followers. are all real. she actually has several. instagram accounts. she also had a telegram channel. before she attacked . the youtube office,. and subsequently. killed herself,. one of her last posts there . is a childhood photo of herself. posing between flowers,. with one flower stuck in her hair. .
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