The Illuminati Facebook and Twitter pages were given the “blue tick” seal of approval by bosses at the internet giants.
A blue tick on a page means those behind it have been verified as genuine and it is usually given to official celebrity, organisation or company pages.
The Illuminati Facebook page has more than 380,000 likes, while there are 107,000 followers on Twitter.
They are the social media pages for the website illuminatiofficial.org, which Express.co.uk exclusively revealed had been set up last month.
Those behind the website and page announced their satisfaction at the recent approval of the Facebook status online with the post: “The Illuminati is grateful for Facebook’s dedication to our goals.
The website illuminatiofficial.org, which claims to be really run by the Illuminati.
“Many pages claim to represent us but are not authorised by our organisation.
“Some have attempted to defraud our members by demanding payment for membership – a practice prohibited by our council.”
There is also an Instagram account with 50,000 followers and YouTube account with 23,000 subscribers.
Since being contacted by media, Facebook appears to have removed the verified tick from the Illuminati page, but it was still showing on the Twitter account today.
The alleged existence of the Illuminati is one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theories.
It is alleged to be a secretive global elite which runs world governments from behind the scenes and is planning to introduce a New World Order (NWO) to control the globe through one sinister organisation.
The theory has its origin in the Illuminati, which was a genuine secret society founded in the late 1700s in Munich, Bavaria, and named after the Latin word for ‘Enlightenment’.
However, that organisation is believed to have disbanded and there is no real evidence that the modern form of the alleged group even exists.
Its key members are said to be drawn from Hollywood and world political and business leaders, with extreme claims that its true leaders are reptilian lizards.
According to some conspiracy theorists, there are only 6,000 members worldwide and a ruling council made up of five Americans, five western Europeans, one Russian and one Indian.
The verified Twitter account of the Illuminati and inset a screen grab of a verified Facebook page.
But, it varies in extremities from the simple implementation of the NWO as a goal at the least, to the Illuminati being a highly Satanic cult that intends returning the devil to earth.
Illuminatiofficial.org claims the organisation actually exists and is actually behind the website, which it claims is to give normal people a better understanding of the secret society and why it operates.
The website, which suggests the Illuminati has its own press office and vice-president called Thaddeus Iam, also claims to dispel “negative myths” about it and suggests the society is actually a force for good.
An “about us” section on the website says: “The Illuminati is an elite organisation of world leaders, business authorities, innovators, artists, and other influential members of this planet.
The Illuminati testament available on the official Illuminati website.
The Illuminati is grateful for Facebook’s dedication to our goals.
“Our coalition unites influencers of all political, religious, and geographical backgrounds to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.
“You may not find us praised in any history book or document. However, the Illuminati has helped with every major movement on this planet since the first human government was established.
“Since the formation of the Illuminati, many citizens have inaccurately portrayed our organisation in a negative manner.
“These misconceptions have been perpetuated for centuries through videos, photos, articles, books, and unofficial online resources claiming to understand our mission and members.”
The website has a section where visitors can even apply to join the organisation.
It also claims other groups calling themselves Illuminati are fake, and that the organisation is not Satanic, as has been suggested.
It says: “For anyone to claim that the Illuminati is affiliated with a religious belief — be it God or Satan, Baphomet or Baal — undermines the very purpose of our independence from human divisions.”
The website is registered privately through a private web host in Toronto, Canada, so it is not easily possible to trace who is behind them, but the organisation claims to be based in Beverley Hills, California.
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A sister website Illuminati.am is registered to an Obsidian Maskreet at a mailbox address in Beverly Hills, California.
Searches done by conspiracy theory websites have concluded Obsidian Maskreet is an alias.
Many commentators have said they are “fake” or “scam” websites because they promote the purchase of the Amazon book Illuminatiam: The First Testament of the Illuminati for $11, which has been described as being written by the Illuminati and also a spiritual guide.
A poster on a forum on the above top secret conspiracy website asked: “Is this another elaborate hoax by someone who has too much time on their hands? Any insight from members here?”
Other Illuminati merchandise is also available through the website and social media pages, including t-shirts, pendants and jewellery shaped after the infamous All-seeing eye, symbol of the organisation.
Many YouTube users said they thought the website was a scam, with others saying it was real, or even a double bluff by the real Illuminati to make it look better than it is.