Logically Facts announces Advisory Board with ex-Reuters Chief appointed as Chair

By: Logically Facts
June 21, 2023

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Logically Facts announces Advisory Board with ex-Reuters Chief appointed as Chair
  • Established to make accurate information available at scale, Logically Facts announces new advisory board to advise, support, and hold accountable its global fact checking team
  • Ex-Reuters Editor-in-Chief Mark Wood has been appointed as Chair, with plans to announce further board members in the coming months
  • Already in use by Meta and TikTok, Logically Facts currently covers nine languages, with plans to expand its capability to 14 languages by the end of 2023 to address additional non-English speaking regions.

Logically Facts, the fact checking unit of counter mis- and disinformation pioneers Logically, is today announcing the launch of its new advisory board. The board will be chaired by Mark Wood, former Editor-in-Chief at Reuters and Chief Executive of ITN, with plans to add further board members that will bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives by the end of the year.

Independent Advisory Board

Launched in 2023, Logically Facts deploys fact checkers around the world to monitor and reduce the spread of harmful and dangerous disinformation of all kinds. A verified signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) Code of Principles, the team is led by Global Editorial Head, Jaskirat Singh Bawa, and is based across the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Greece, and India.

The new advisory board will provide guidance and support on editorial best practices, ensuring the company maintains the highest standards and integrity in its processes and approach. As global regulation continues to evolve, the board will play a key role in helping Logically Facts to adapt to changes. They will also use their influence to help shape new regulations, policies and practices which impact the way fact checking organisations operate. This includes continuing to pioneer the development and evolution of tech-enabled fact checking globally, particularly with emerging threats such as AI-generated content gathering pace.

Commenting on the announcement, Baybars Örsek, Managing Director of Logically Facts, said: “A recent survey of consumers we conducted showed that while there is an overwhelming desire for more fact checking, there is a clear scepticism towards fact checking organisations themselves. This is why our new advisory board is so important - it will not only support our team and their work, but also hold us accountable, ensuring we always conform to the highest standards in ethics and transparency. Having recently hired two new leaders in the UK and India, our new board is the next step in our exciting growth plans for the remainder of the year.”

Mark Wood appointed as board Chair

The board will be chaired by Mark Wood, who brings a wealth of experience, having served as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters for over a decade, as well as Chief Executive at ITN, where he oversaw the highest standards of integrity across ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 news programmes. Since leaving the world of journalism, Mark has taken on a number of board and advisory roles, ranging from supporting smaller technology startups like Percent to scale, to advising large organisations such as PwC and Citywire.

Mark has been an advisor to Logically for a number of years, but his appointment as the Logically Facts advisory board’s Chair will bring new responsibilities, specifically focusing on the growth and oversight of the fact checking business. This primarily includes growing the board with a diverse set of representatives, which consists of a mix of people with different worldviews, backgrounds, and geographies from the fact checking community, media and beyond.

Mark commented on his appointment: “As a journalist, I was committed to providing truthful, dependable news and was acutely aware of the damage caused by propaganda and deliberate misinformation. Since that time I have witnessed firsthand how harmful misinformation and disinformation have proliferated online, risking our information integrity, digital safety, and ultimately trust in democracy. The work that Logically Facts does is incredibly important for this very reason, which is why I was delighted to be asked to Chair its new advisory board. Our aim is to grow a diverse and representative board that can support and challenge the business when needed. This is vital if we are to achieve its ultimate goal: to provide people with more reliable and accurate information at scale.”

Global Fact-Checks Completed

We rely on information to make meaningful decisions that affect our lives, but the nature of the internet means that misinformation reaches more people faster than ever before