If Joseph Kony lived in relative anonymity before this week, he's found internet notoriety now.
A video about the atrocities carried out by Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda is rocketing into viral video territory and is racking up millions of views seemingly by the hour, but many are questioning the role of the organization that produced it: Invisible Children.
Invisible Children claims it made the video to create even greater awareness about the jungle militia leader who is wanted for atrocities by the International Criminal Court-and that it did.
Since the late 1980s, Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has abducted and forced an estimated 66,000 children to fight and brutally murder civilians on its behalf, and has forced the internal displacement of more than 2 million people.
But critics of the not-for-profit Invisible Children and the video, which targets 20 celebrities (including pastor Rick Warren and outspoken Christian NFL quarterback Tim Tebow) and a dozen policymakers to spread the word, question giving money to an organization focused almost solely on advocacy and filmmaking. It is also believed that Invisible Children supports the Ugandan army, which is accused of raping and looting those in its own country. There are also reports circulating online about the organization's lack of financial accountability.
An Invisible Children employee addressed the criticisms in an interview with TheWashington Post, emphasizing the awareness the video created. "There is only so much policymakers and foundations can do. The film has reached a place in the global consciousness where people know who Kony is, they know his crimes."
The roughly 30-minute video, which was released by Invisible Children on Monday, had nearly 37 million views on YouTube by Thursday afternoon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.