Possible to randomly sample followers?

I notice that some developers are claiming to “sample” 5000 followers of a given account to calculate the percent of bots that follow a user. However, I have a feeling that these are simply the first 5000 accounts returned by the Twitter API, which are simply the latest followers.
Is there a straightforward way to randomly select 5000 random followers with the Twitter API? Or should I be more skeptical of their sampling method?

I am not aware of any API method that enables a random sampling of followers. If there is such a method I’d be happy to be informed of it!

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