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Facial recognition technology will limit youths playtime as almost all video game restrictions, children and teenagers find a way around it.
While underage players in China are required to log on using their real names and identification numbers, the restrictions to limit screen time and keeping internet addiction in check things are looking better. China also introduced a law in 2019, that denies players under 18 years of age from playing games between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Though some of the kids find a way to sneak into their parent’s devices to gain access to their games. Tencent Games has come up with a solution to this problem by deploying facial recognition technology in its video games.
There was a huge debate on Chinese internet platforms about the overwhelming response to Tencent’s official introduction of the features called Midnight Patrol on Tuesday. The company in a statement said, “Children, put your phones away and go to sleep.”
The features received a mixed response as some were in favor, considering it would help combat adolescent internet. While others thought Tencent was assuming an overly paternalistic role.
Many internet users were not happy with it, as it shrank the space for anonymity in cyberspace. While the popular Chinese blogging platform Weibo reminded players to be well dressed just in case the camera captured more than their faces.
Facial recognition technology is not new in China, it has been used to track down criminal suspects. It has also been used to shame its residents out of the habit of wearing pajamas in public.
While some users were not happy with the introduction of facial recognition technology used in video games, said they would delete any such video games as they cannot trust any such software.
While privacy still remains a major concern for many users, as a mass collection of personal data can result in security breaches. China is not the only country facing a problem with kids spending time on video games. Earlier last year Japan set time limits on children under 20 years old, though no specific enforcement mechanism was mentioned.