Provocative posters have begun appearing in Los Angeles bearing the photo of Nasim Aghdam. This past April after her Youtube videos were repeatedly demonetized, Nasim took a gun to Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California, where she shot and injured four people before killing herself. The YouTube logo branded posters contain the words “You Next” which could either refer to people being potentially censored next by tech platforms or to the potential victims of anti-censorship violence perpetrated by those who no longer have an outlet to redress their grievances.
Martina Markota of The Rebel reports on the anti-censorship posters appearing in Los Angeles.
Nasim was pushed to violence after videos on her Youtube channel were repeatedly demonetized. While not everyone who gets censored, deplatformed, smeared, or unpersoned resorts to violence, the act of suppressing free expression certainly does not promote healthy public discourse. With multiple platforms including financial services such as PayPal, Stripe, Patreon, and Mastercard joining the moral panic, censorship affects the livelihood of those being targeted. No matter how much censorship is used, problems will not go away simply by hiding them, and peaceful solutions will be even more out of reach as long as it continues.