Tencent 'Midnight Patrol' facial recognition

July 2021
Updated: December 2021

Tencent's gaming unit has announced it is using facial recognition to stop kids gaming after bedtime. A time-sensitive facial recognition system, 'Midnight Patrol' is linked to China's central public security system to monitor and detect minors spending significant amounts of time gaming online between 10pm and 8am.

Chinese kids had been using adults' IDs to circumvent a curfew brought in by the Chinese government in 2019 that had banned them from gaming online between 10pm and 8am and restricted them to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.

Some gamers are complaining about the new system; others reckon they can bypass it.

Operator: Tencent
Developer:
Tencent
Country:
China
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Restrict gaming hours
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue:
Accuracy/reliability