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Tech Execs React to Shooting at YouTube's Offices
Capital Markets, Lifestyle
After a woman wounded three and then killed herself in a shooting at YouTube’s corporate offices in San Bruno, California on Tuesday, some of the top names in Silicon Valley called for stricter gun control laws, as CNBC reports.
The shooter was identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 38, and was active on YouTube, posting videos about veganism, exercise and other topics. She had recently expressed anger about some of YouTube’s policies, including allegations that the service had been censoring her content as a form of discrimination.
The three injured employees, whose names have not been released, were identified as “a man, 36, in critical condition; a woman, 32, in serious condition; and a woman, 27, in fair condition, a hospital spokesman, Brent Andrew, said at a news conference on Tuesday,” according to the New York Times.
While the reaction from Silicon Valley was mostly an outpouring of well wishes for YouTube and the victims, a call was also made for ending gun violence in the U.S. – most notably by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies. This is a simple and reasonable approach, and it won’t solve all, but it’s a good start: https://t.co/ADYalbaO57 https://t.co/nbXpH9DDyT
— jack (@jack) April 3, 2018
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) April 3, 2018
From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team at YouTube and Google, especially the victims and their families.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 3, 2018
Horrible and truly tragic day for YouTube and Google. We are wishing all our very best for the injured and all those affected.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 3, 2018
On behalf of all of Microsoft, our hearts are with everyone at YouTube and Google today and all those affected. https://t.co/dijMxGXGpD
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) April 4, 2018
San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini told reporters there is “no evidence” that Aghdam had targeted specific YouTube employees during her attack.
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