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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

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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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