To launch their sites and remain online, Iranian chat rooms require permission from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
"Since I'm on my laptop most of the time anyway, they assume I'm studying when I chat.My parents, especially my mother, are on my case 24/7, so I honestly don't know what I would have done without these chat rooms," she says.He is a Sharif University graduate, brilliant and good-looking."All I knew," she says, "was that he was unable to hold a job. Once we moved in together on our wedding night, I found out that he is addicted to crystal meth.Yahoo chat messenger is still available to download and people can add friends to their messenger list.
However, the public chat rooms of yahoo are closed.Then, registered members request the website to find them a suitable partner based on their information. Such match-making websites are rare, however, and exist only because of their religious backing.According to the Iranian Cyber Police, or FATA, a branch of the Iranian Disciplinary Force, such websites are illegal and the ones that do exist and are active, according to FATA's spokesman, “are operated by servers outside Iran and simply rip off users.” Reaching the managers of Iranian chat rooms proved to be a tough task.To start such a website, be active and even thrive on it in total freedom, like the Persian-language chat rooms and dating websites operating outside Iran, is no art.What we do in Iran, however, is a big service, sometimes including sacrifices, given the risks we occasionally take, such as letting me be interviewed by Al-Monitor and trusting your word that the name of our website would remain unpublished." Another Iran-based website-owner, a 30-year-old software engineer who lives in Kerman, says he does all the site's technical work single-handedly.Jafar Savalanpour, a 49-year-old cleric, started such a website in 2001.