Creators Demand "Change" After YouTube HQ Shooting

4 April 2018, 10:56 | Updated: 4 April 2018, 11:12

YouTube HQ
YouTube HQ. Picture: YouTube

By Josh Lee

A YouTuber opened fire on staff at YouTube HQ on April 3rd

Creators have reacted with disbelief and sympathy to a shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California.

On April 3rd, a shooter opened fire on staff at YouTube HQ, wounding four people. The suspect, a 39-year-old woman named Nasim Aghdam, shot herself dead at the scene. Thanking the emergency services provided support during the incident, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said there were "no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter at YouTube."

The news sparked an outpouring of shock from YouTubers towards those caught up in the shooting, with many calling for tighter gun control across the US. Tyler Oakley said that "less possibility for gun violence" would be a "direct result" of reducing access to guns, while Miranda Sings actress Colleen Ballinger tweeted, "we need change."

Others offered their sympathy and thoughts during the attack. Louise Pentland tweeted her sympathies, saying that "YouTube just feels like a home to me, a safe, happy place," while Lilly Singh said she was sending "positive energy."

Police have said that they are still yet to uncover the shooter's motive, however reports suggest that Aghdam was angry at the platform after some of her YouTube videos were demonetised.