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Bitcoin's boom a boon for extremist groups

Experts say proceeds could be used to convey political messages, organise events and keep websites online

In the months since the Charlottesville rally, bitcoin has quadrupled in value. It has begun trading on several mainstream financial markets, pushing the price of a single bitcoin at times above US$19,000.

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AFTER the bloody "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, technology companies tightened rules against hate speech and banned many extremists from using web-hosting services, social media platforms and online payment systems.

But some on the...

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