- Kyle Long, 33, traveled from Waterville, Maine to Mountain View, California where Google headquarters are located.
- Long was upset Google had shut down his YouTube channel.
- He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.
Kyle Long was allegedly upset because he believed Google had shutdown his YouTube channel. Long first appeared on the radar of law enforcement when his car got stuck in a ditch after allegedly vandalizing a gas station restroom, but police let him go due to the wishes of the gas station owners.
Long told a state trooper he was on his way to Mountain View, California to meet with Google after his YouTube channel was shut down, claiming it cost him money. Police in Waterville, Maine contacted Mountain View police to let them know Long had made threats of violence against Google if the meeting did not go well.
Around 1 p.m. Sunday, Mountain View police stopped Long’s car about 40 miles south of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. He had three baseball bats with him according to officials.
Reports from his father and his wife say that Google did not shut down his channel, but his wife did because the channel was dumb and didn’t make any sense.
Though Google may not have shut down Long’s account, these kinds of threats are appearing more as social media continues banning and de-platforming people, sometimes without any reason. Last year, a woman in California committed suicide after opening fire at YouTube offices in San Bruno because she thought they were demonetizing her channel.