Facial recognition is supposed to keep kids from playing games

Facial recognition is supposed to keep kids from playing games

The Chinese company Tencent introduces the "night patrol" function in its games, which, with the help of automatic recognition of the user's face of the phone, is to prevent minors from bypassing the ban on playing Internet games after hours. 22, AFP reported on Thursday.

parentsThe Chinese authorities have banned people under the age of 18 from playing online games between 22 at 8 am. This is one of the provisions to protect young people from problems related to excessive indulgence in this entertainment, such as Internet addiction or visual impairment.

However, many young players circumvented this limitation by using accounts created by adults. Tencent decided to fill the gap with automatic face recognition of people playing games during the night "curfew".

Passing a facial recognition test each time will also be necessary to change security settings, which allow parents to limit the time spent by children playing games, as "some children have stolen their parent's phones" to change these settings, the company said.

"Kids, put your phones down and go to sleep," Tencent wrote on social media.

The new features will be rolled out to around 60 mobile games to start with, including the popular multiplayer strategy game Wangzhe Rongyao (Honor of Kings), played by 100 million users every day.

Andrzej Borowiak from Canton (PAP)