William Gregory Douglas was arrested last week by the FBI at an Oregon store. The reason? The 35-year-old man had threatened to kill YouTube employees, including Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of the company.
Douglas is a vlogger who uploads videos to the Google platform, focusing his content on conspiracy theories, almost always related to the ultra right, such as Pizzagate. It was the deletion of its first channel and the demonetization of the one he currently uses, which triggered the wave of threats through Twitter: on August 23 everything began, publishing multiple tweets where it issued different threats to YouTube employees under the alias LiamXmaiLRevolutionX.
The FBI statement, which details the reasons for the arrest, reads as follows:
The criminal complaint alleges that Douglas posted a series of tweets that included language such as, “I would kill the 100 YouTube employees,” “you want a bigger mass casualty aka shooting let’s see what I can do,” and “return my channel you low life Sholes before someone else comes and shoots more of your employees.” On September 17, 2018, LiamXmaiLRevolutionX posted a message to @SusanWojcicki: “Susan I’m coming for you today #pray.”
The criminal complaint also highlights three videos in which the defendant identifies himself as William Douglas and in which he issued a long tirade about the “Deep State” and claimed to have been banned in a hidden way by YouTube in what, he describes, was a government operation.
William Gregory Douglas has been accused of cyberstalking and threats over the Internet. The preliminary hearing will take place on October 8 and, until then, will be held without bail.