Correct, only freelancer first name and last name initial will show in search and profile on Upwork. However, if they select "Show my full name" under Search Engine Privacy in their Profile Settings, others will be able to find their profile by their full name.
Upwork only displays your last initial to prevent potential clients from locating you off Upwork and circumventing the platform's fee provisions. If someone already knows your last name, there's really no reason for Upwork to care if they can find you is there?
Tonya, since hidding your last name is optional, this is surely not done to prevent clients finding you outside the platform.
There are privacy reasons. I might not want people I know or that know my full name to find me on the platform.
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