A Cave Junction man faces federal cyberstalking charges after allegedly threatening a “mass casualty” at YouTube’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
FBI agents arrested William Gregory Douglas, 35, outside a Cave Junction convenience store Thursday on accusations he sent at least seven violent and profanity-laced threats via Twitter starting last month. The online posts culminated with an alleged threat earlier this week to Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive officer, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford, and a release issued by the FBI.
“Susan I’m coming for you today #pray,” Douglas is accused of tweeting Monday through his account LiamXmaiLRevolutionX.
Beginning about Aug. 22, Douglas is accused of tweeting to a member of YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program that his YouTube channel had been removed.
In three of Douglas’ videos, Douglas reportedly made “long rants” about the “Deep State,” according to an email from Google’s strategic security manager sent to the FBI Sept. 12. Douglas reportedly claimed he had been “shadow-banned” from YouTube, and referred to the video platform as a government operation.
YouTube, headquartered in San Bruno, California, is owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
In August, Douglas allegedly made references in tweets to an April shooting that left three YouTube employees injured at the company’s San Bruno office, saying, “Return my channel ... before someone else comes and shoots more of your employees you f--ks”.
In another tweet the same day, Douglas allegedly said, “you want a bigger mass casualty aka shooting let’s see what I can do.”
On Sept. 8, Douglas allegedly made another tweet from the same account that included the phrases “why do you guys keep ignoring me,” and “I’m beyond pissed at you @youtube so I wonder how I should deal with this frustration?”
“On one video, dated Sept. 8, 2018, he stated he has to go to Mountain View to ‘visit’ people at YouTube,” according to the FBI.
Douglas is slated to make his initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford on felony charges of cyberstalking and transmitting threats in interstate commerce to injure another, according to the FBI.
Douglas was booked in the Jackson County Jail at 2:02 p.m. Thursday, where he remained held without bail as of Friday afternoon.