ABC: Chinese internet giant introduces facial recognition technology in a bid to control underage gaming

Wed July, 2021, Age: 2 years

To enforce the Chinese government ban on gamers under the age of 18 playing between 10:00pm and 8:00am, a ‘digital patrol’ using facial recognition technology may be introduced. ‘Midnight patrol’ uses an algorithm to identify underage players based on the time they play, how long they play, and their behaviours in the game, then those users then have their faces scanned. The system is being rolled out by China’s biggest internet game company Tencent, in a bid to keep a closer eye on users of their 60 different mobile and video games. 


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