Hamsarchat - which meas spouse chat in Iranian - stressed that its aim was to promote marriage rather than mere "friend-finding".
But Raja News, a fundamentalist website close to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the ban had been issued because of the online posting of clients' pictures and email addresses.
Nearly half of all Iranians from 18 to 35 are unmarried, around 11 million people but the Tebyan Cultural and Information Center, a government affiliated organisation has launched a website, to combat the rising trend among Iranian youth to marry later or even forego marriage completely.
“The median marriage age in the capital Tehran has already reached 30 for men and 28 for women.
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