Iran unveils state-approved Islamic dating app to boost marriage

Source: Guardian

Users of app Hamdam have to take a psychology test, and successful matches will be accompanied by a consultant for the first four years of marriage

Iran has unveiled a state-sanctioned Islamic dating app aimed at facilitating “lasting and informed marriage” for its youth, state television reported.

Called Hamdam – Farsi for “companion” – the service allows users to “search for and choose their spouse”, the broadcaster said on Monday.

It is the only state-sanctioned platform of its kind in the Islamic republic, according to Iran’s cyberspace police chief, Colonel Ali Mohammad Rajabi. While dating apps are popular in Iran, Rajabi said that all other platforms apart from Hamdam were illegal.

Developed by the Tebyan Cultural Institute, part of Iran’s Islamic Propaganda Organization, Hamdam’s website claims it uses “artificial intelligence” to find matches “only for bachelors seeking permanent marriage and a single spouse”.

Tebyan head Komeil Khojasteh, speaking at the unveiling, said family values were threatened by outside forces. “Family is the devil’s target, and [Iran’s enemies] seek to impose their own ideas” on it, he said, adding that the app helps create “healthy” families.

According to Hamdam’s website, users have to verify their identity and go through a “psychology test” before browsing.

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