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Roughly seven in 10 people favor shutting down the so-called “dark Web” — an anonymous online network favored by activists and dissidents, as well as criminals — according to a new poll.

The findings, from market research firm Ipsos, come amid an intense debate over technology that lets users communicate clandestinely.

The Ipsos survey polled at least 1,000 people in 24 separate countries. Just over a third of respondents said they “strongly agreed” that the “dark net should be shut down.” Another 35 percent agreed “somewhat” with the statement.

According to law enforcement officials, the dark Web and tools such as encryption...

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