Tencent deploys the ‘midnight patrol’ for facial recognition in China to identify underage players

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techno.rentetan.com – Tencent finds new ways to prevent children masking themselves as adults in late-night games.

The gaming giant Tencent has implemented a time sensitive facial recognition system in China to curb Internet addiction and particularly reduce time that young people under the age of 18 spend playing video games. The purpose of the facial recognition function of Tencent Games is to prevent the masquerade of children as adults against the governmental rule for underage players in China, which is used to remove excessive gaming. As of 2019, online games between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 am are prohibited for people under the age of 18.

Besides this, minors in China are also limited to 90 minutes a day. A maximum of three hours are permitted on national holidays. Minors in China must log in to limit screen time and keep Internet addiction at risk by using their real names and identity numbers as part of countrywide rules.

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Many minors, however, use the devices or identities of their parents to escape these restrictions. Tencent decided to use facial recognition technology between 10:00 and 8:00 for those playing with an adult ID. The Midnight Patrol is named.

According to an online report in Sixth Tone, Tencent Gamed said it was conducting facial screenings for “real-name accounts that play for a period of time at night,” adding that those who refused or did not “will be treated like a minor” and “kicked out of line” facial verification.

A New York Times report stated that the broader development of technology for facial recognition has triggered a debate in China. Some supported the technology, but others felt the company took on the role of a parent.

According to the report, Weibo even asked online gamers to dress correctly for the hashtag on their micro-blogging platform in the event that the cameras captured more than their faces.

In a 2020 paper, a government-linked trade group, the China Security and Protection Industry Association said facial recognition technology is a double-edged sword, as a result of mass personal data collection that can lead to security inappropriations.

In April 2021, Tencent launched face reconnaissance tests and has used them in 60 of their games until now. Facial identification is commonplace in China. It’s used in many public places and everywhere, from hotels to banks.