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Kapil Sibal, the senior minister of communications and information technology, said in a statement that Facebook and Google were cooperating with the government and shutting down some sites that the government had pointed out as objectionable. Sibal said Twitter had also said it was ready to talk with the government.

But he said that “the accusations that we are aggressively targeting someone’s account or websites are incorrect.”

On Thursday, Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, had told reporters that it was urging the Indian government “to take into account the importance of freedom of expression in the online world” while addressing its security concerns. She said the U.S. was ready to help India’s efforts to talk to social networks regarding the issue.”