Community Standards and legal security : an analysis of Meta’s algorithmic law

Literature on platform governance has identified that through their content moderation practices, social media platforms develop normative orders by performing quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial functions. Among platforms, Meta has developed the most complex system of rules, called Community Standards. Identifying that the literature lacks in-depth analysis of the content of these rules, our article aims at examining the Community Standards of Meta under the lens of regular legislative drafting. Using qualitative coding methods, we develop a taxonomy based on constitutional and legislative concepts. Our hypothesis is that contrary to the laws adopted by the state, the Community Standards are primarily written to be implemented by algorithms and not to guarantee legal security for users. With this analysis, we aim to contribute to the discussion on the effects of private norms on the respect of human rights globally and their relationship with democratic accountability.