From the self-made exercise videos that bordered between kitsch and creepy to the outspoken vegan and animal-rights activism, the artist and self-described "first ever" Persian female bodybuilder earned a measure of fame and curiosity in the YouTube universe from the Inland Empire to Iran.
YouTube's changes to the way people can profit from popular videos were thrust into the spotlight last week after a violent attack on the company from a user who allegedly believed she'd been mistreated by the policy. Mountain View police spotted her auto at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning parked in a Walmart parking lot, Aghdam asleep inside.
"At no point during our roughly 20-minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others", police said. It was the culmination of a crackdown begun previous year on controversial sites and in the immediate aftermath of scathing criticism following YouTube star Logan Paul publishing a video showing a dead body in a Japanese forest.
"Looking at her view count. this isn't necessarily someone who screams this is a person making a lot of money from advertising", Lee said.
Nasim Aghdam (na-SEEM AG-dahm) ran a Farsi-language channel on the messaging app Telegram, with content unlikely to be popular with the state or public.
"It was a woman and she was firing her gun".
One video was a tutorial about how to massage buttocks, and another featured a song praising Bahaism, a religion that originated in Iran but is heavily suppressed by the Islamic Republic. State TV briefly reported the shooting based on global reports. "I wish we could look into someone's soul".
Kimia Shobeiri, 18, suggested the shooting was a ploy to get attention.
"And police said, 'We are going to watch her, ' but they didn't watch her", she told CNN's Miguel Marquez outside the family home Wednesday in Menifee, California. "With this act she damaged the reputation of Iranians".
"It was a very normal conversation".
Police have previously said Aghdam went to a gun range before arriving at YouTube.
Police also said that Nasim Aghdam, who wounded three people before killing herself, had visited a gun range before Tuesday's attack. She then killed herself.
The woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California, on Tuesday yelled "come at me" or "come get me" during her rampage, a witness told the CNN affiliate KPIX. On Thursday, the remaining patient's condition was upgraded from serious to fair condition, according to Brent Andrews, a spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, her father said she continued to harbor ill will toward the video platform, and that she had accused it of "ruining her life".
In an English-language video posted to her YouTube account before the channel was deleted on Tuesday, Aghdam said, "I am being discriminated".
NBC Bay Area also said that Aghdam's father reported her missing earlier in the week.
The father finally emerged from his two-story home Wednesday afternoon and faced the crowd of reporters and TV trucks that had camped out all day.
Aghdam passed a background check which reviewed criminal history, DMV records, outstanding warrants, restraining orders and mental health holds.
Before going to the company's headquarters, she practiced with the weapon, which was registered in her name, at a nearby gun range. She gave no reason but said she was its only member and the group had no assets.