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Bitcoin (BTC) Down 5.44 Percent After CoinMarketCap Glitch, Binance CEO Comes to CMC’s Defense

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 06:19
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Alex Dovbnya
??CMC, which has more than 80 mln monthly page views, send shockwaves around the crypto community due to one glitch
Bitcoin (BTC) Down 5.44 Percent After CoinMarketCap Glitch, Binance CEO Comes to CMC’s Defense
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Many crypto enthusiasts were caught off guard by Bitcoin’s sudden 5.44 percent drop. As it turned out,   CoinMarketCap (CMC), the most popular cryptocurrency website where you can find information about more than 2,000 digital assets, has erroneously displayed the BTC price.

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An unusual pattern

The glitch was reported by Reddit user on r/CryptoCurrency. That was the first time when the BTC price drastically declined while the whole market remained in the green. Other users were quick to point out that such an unusual pattern was due to a CMC glitch.

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The bug seemed to affect only the desktop version of CMC given that its iPhone app accurately displayed the BTC price. Meanwhile, alternative platforms in the likes of LikeCoinWatch showed similar numbers.    

At press time, Bitcoin price is sitting at $3,881.83 with a 3.09 percent increase over the last 24 hours.

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Pure manipulation?

Twitter users were quick to criticize CMC for manipulating the market by allegedly showing the wrong BTC price on purpose. Hence, there is a need for a decentralized coin tracker that wouldn’t let this happen.

However, Binance CEO came to CMC’s defense by claiming that one glitch (which was swiftly fixed) doesn’t erase everything the project contributed to the cryptocurrency space.

CMC accusations

CMC was previously criticized for reporting fake trading volumes of (mostly) Chinese exchanges. Due to ‘wash trading’, some exchanges tend to exaggerate their volumes by a whopping 95 percent. That prompted the appearance of a project called ‘Honest CoinMarketCap’ that strives to show a true picture of the global trading activity.

As reported by U.Today, CMC did address the issue by designing new tools that would help to detect artificially inflated trading volumes.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at